Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Derry war time history buffs wanted

History buffs are calling on the people of Londonderry to share their memories for a new museum commemorating the United States naval base in the city.

This years marks the 70th anniversary of the commissioning of ‘Base One Europe’ which was constructed by thousands of civilian wokers from Derry and Donegal and home to some 300,000 US servicemen passing through from 1940-45.

Bob Hope, Al Jolson and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt all visited the servicemen based there.

The US Navy and Marine Corps Beech Hill Friendship Association is establishing a museum room and archive at the Beech Hill Country House Hotel at Ardmore on the outskirts of the city where 5000 documents previously marked top secret, will be on show for the first time after being declassified.

During the Second World War, Derry provided a hugely important base for the US Navy and Marine Corps, with the base consisting of sites right across the district, included a repair base at Fort George, an ammunition dump at Fincairn Glen and a hospital at Creevagh.

Oil supplies and stores were delivered at Lisahally and accommodation was largely split between two camps at Ardmore and Springtown.

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