Dr Graham Cross grew up in the village of Raydon, Suffolk. For 35 years, he has been the UK contact, historian and archivist for the 353rd Fighter Group organising their UK reunions and attending many in the United States. He founded the Raydon Airfield Preservation Society and was Chairman for the airfield memorial project. He has published three books on the history of the 353rd and Raydon airfield. He has given many public talks at locations such as the Second Air Division Memorial Library, the National Army Museum and for the RAF Museum. As an academic historian, he specialises in American and Anglo-American military, diplomatic and political history. He has published books and articles covering the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, US foreign policy in the first half of the twentieth century, American air power and the commemoration of WWII. He has taught at Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, University College Dublin and the University of Glasgow. He is a Senior Lecturer in American History at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Dr Sam Edwards is a historian of war, commemoration, and transatlantic relations. A native of Suffolk (he grew up in the costal village of Kessingland) Sam has had a long-running interest in the history and memory of the US 8th Air Force, a product of the many teenage cycling expeditions he made to the old American airfields which still dot the East Anglian countryside. In due course this interest led to a PhD project, and then a book - Allies in Memory (Cambridge, 2015) - and it continues to shape his research. His next article, shortly to be published in the Journal of Transatlantic Studies, examines the ways in which the Second World War 'friendly invasion' has been depicted in British film and television, and he has previously written about such classic TV series as 12 O'clock High. Sam is a former Fulbright Scholar, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a 2019 Visiting Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford.
We welcome enquiries from people interested in Masters (taught or by research) and PhD doctoral projects covering many aspects of American history, but particularly those relating to the military and social history of the American military in Britain during WWII. Please contact Dr Graham Cross or Dr Sam Edwards.