From the Usual USAF Source:
English Project Seeks to Honor 8th Air Force's Friendly Invasion: Local English communities have come together under a project to preserve the story of 8th Air Force and its presence throughout eastern England during World War II. The initiative, dubbed "The Eighth in the East," has just received a development grant of some $22,800 (£14,500) to launch its activities. "Inspired by a team of archaeologists, archivists, and museum curators, the project is aimed at helping local people of all ages who live close to one of the 67 war-time airfields to take ownership of this rich legacy by recording oral histories, mapping each air base, and putting together events which will engage everyone with a three-year period that changed the course of history," reads a release from project planners. "It's almost shameful," said BBC's Nick Patrick "that, were it not for a handful of dedicated volunteers and museum professionals, this history has almost been allowed to die." (For more on the Mighty Eighth during World War II, read The Real Twelve O'Clock High and The Cost of Schweinfurt from Air Force Magazine's archives.)
My father served in the Mighty Eighth during the Big One and flew his 25 missions in B-17s over Der Vaterland. I'm pretty sure he'd be happy to hear the legacy of the 8AF in Britain is being defended; too much of its physical presence has already vanished. As for me... I'm glad the Brits are putting some effort into preserving the history. Good On 'Em.
You might wanna chase both of the above links, but especially the "Twelve O'Clock High" link. An excerpt:
It had an authenticity seldom seen in war movies. It pushed all the right buttons for airmen, who held it in such regard that the movie became something of a cult film for several generations of Air Force members.
In those days, almost everybody in the Air Force had seen it at least once, and the film was used for many years in USAF leadership courses.
You can count me among that "several generations of Air Force members" referenced in the quote. I've seen the film at least three times, if not more. The linked article is a great read.