World War II – The Americans in Sudbury 1944/45

Kay Brainard was one of the Red Cross girls who worked at the Aero Club and who were regarded with great affection by the men on the Base. Extracts from her diary…..

Monday 19 February 1945

Watched some of the planes take off on a mission. Then Rudy took me back to the Mess Hall and we ate. Rushed back to the Aero Club and got ready to go to the 136 Station Hospital at Acton Place. Jean and I tramped down the 14 wards giving out cakes and talking to the lads. Came back to the Club exhausted and found the clubmobile girls were not there (mobile canteen) so we had to meet the mission. Rushed around and got some cakes ready, Jean and I went down and served coffee and cakes to the returning crews. Had a time trying to keep the boys from taking more than one each. What an eager bunch! Back to the Club tired and hungry and Jean had prepared a dinner for us. Then Rudy called and asked me to look after a group of RAF boys who were forced to land at Sudbury. They came over and we fed them, and gave them some of my cigarettes purchased aboard the ‘Queen Mary’ (en route overseas).

Tuesday 6 March 1945


The wreckage of the Mosquito crash near Foxearth in which the two RAF boys died

The wreckage of the Mosquito crash near Foxearth in which the two RAF boys died

Louie Bedard, our flying trumpet player, had tea with me. Johnny Rumisek was going to stay too, but we had a crack-up near the field and he had to rush off. Two RAF boys and a Mosquito will never fly again… Tonight we had another air raid.




Wednesday 21 March 1945.

Had a very interesting speaker at the Aero Club. An Englishman, Mr Gerald Riley, who was a German prisoner of war for a couple of years – and went through numerous harrowing experiences especially in making escapes…. the last of which was successful. Gerry was very attentive to me – quite an English ‘wolf’ I would say. Must give him credit for reading my palm very accurately. His stories were well received by the GIs.