- Contributed by
- Action Desk, BBC Radio Suffolk
- People in story:
- Staff Sgt Leroy O. Keeping. Joan Keeping, nee Fellgate.
- Location of story:
- RAF Parham, Suffolk
- Article ID:
- Contributed on:
- 08 July 2005
I was stationed at Parham Airfield from 17th July 1943 until 27th July 1945 as a power, turret and gunsight specialist on B17s. I came over from Minnesota to serve 570 Squadron, 390 Bomber Group.
My friend, Sergeant Henry Burack, who was in the US Army/Air Force, like myself, introduced me to a young lady called Joan Fellgate from Framlingham, who was in the Land Army, on a blind date. My friend was going out with her sister, Betty.
I decided to marry Joan in 1944 at Saxmundham Registry Office, after we had had a day out in Felixtowe.
After the war finished, I went back to Minnesota, was demobbed at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin and given $300 to get back home. I continued working on my father's farm , which grew wheat, corn and maize.
My wife came over after 7 years. We decided to come back and settle in Framlingham, where I got work doing odd jobs, then in a butcher's shop, followed by 22 years in a feed mill.
I have lived here ever since and my family live in Suffolk. I have 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. I like it here because the countryside is like that in Minnesota and I have lived here for over 51 years.
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