Press Release: Home Bases: American Military Bases in and Around LondonPosted: August 20, 2015 | |
BAYBERRY BOOKS IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE
Home Bases: MEMORIES AND STORIES of US Military Bases Around London
A new book written by Sean C. Kelly has, for the first time, put the spotlight on many of the US Military’s lesser-known command and support bases that were located in and around London, England.
The 444-page book, Home Bases: American Military Bases In and Around London, published through Bayberry Books (www.bayberrybooks.com) sets out the history and fate of the various bases, installations and offices used by the US Military in and around the British capital primarily from WWI to the present day.
Life and times on those bases (often known as ‘Little Americas’) is furthermore brought alive through a series of ‘snapshot’ memories by around 40 people whom either served, worked or were involved with everything from owning them, establishing them and occupying them to demolishing them.
Among those who have contributed their memories was actor Larry “JR Ewing” Hagman who spent four years stationed at the former USAF Third Air Force South Ruislip headquarters base in Middlesex. As Hagman, who passed away in late 2012, recollected: “I had my own little kingdom and nobody knew what I did or what was going on. I really liked that.”
Others included WWII veterans to one of the key US Navy commanders who had the job of shutting a number of them down in 2006/7. One contributor became of a select handful of winners of the Britain’s George Medal for heroism, another became a Walt Disney legend and another flew on D-Day and then came back to London years later to serve again.
Kelly’s book is also a ‘swords to ploughshares’ look at a number of bases as they proliferated through WWII and the Cold War and then were closed and handed back in recent years to Britain’s Ministry of Defence which, subsequently, has sold a number of sites on for redevelopment as housing and mixed-use destinations.
Among the many bases and installations featured are: Bushey Hall near Watford; Bushy Park, in Kingston-Upon-Thames; Camp Lynn/RAF Daws Hill/High Wycombe Air Station USAF in High Wycombe, and RAF Hendon in North London. Also featured are a number of bases in Middlesex including DOE Eastcote, USAF South Ruislip, RAF Uxbridge and RAF West Ruislip as well as the former US Navy Headquarters on Grosvenor Square in London. Other major installations also covered include the Red Cross Club in Piccadilly, the Columbia Club and Douglas House in Bayswater and, perhaps surprisingly, Selfridges department store on London’s famous Oxford Street.
Kelly, visited many of the bases over the years (and some as they were in very act of being demolished) for this book.
“This is the first book to look in detail at many of these smaller command and support bases and combine that with the memories of those who were there in decades past. These were places that, for the most part, didn’t have runways and aircraft or dockyards and ships, but they played significant command and support roles – in some cases from even as far back as WWI. They may have been smaller installations – some just office buildings – but they also helped make history. This book is really a love-letter to those places and times.”
The book also includes around 200 pictures, images and maps. It is currently available only as a physical book via Bayberry Books in New York: www.bayberrybooks.com or in the UK through www.ushomebases.com (use the contact form to request information). It will be on Amazon by from the start of 2015.
For further information or to interview Sean Kelly please contact:
Founder, Bayberry Books