One of 16 country houses or 'flak homes' which catered for approximately 25 airmen at a time to come for Rest and Recuperation away from the stress of flying missions. Run by the American Red Cross, each serviceman was entitled to at least one rest period during their 25-30 mission tour. Stanbridge Earls was the first of such rest homes.
The current house at Stanbridge Earls, having fallen into disrepair is the result of rebuilding during the 19th Century. At one time it was owned by Florence Nightingale's father.
Roke Manor (SU 337 222) - the original house was believed to have been destroyed during the Civil War and re-built toward the end of the 17th Century. Sold to Plessey in 1956 and currently owned by Roke Manor Research Limited.
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Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Malcolm A. Holland, Sweatin' out the mission: 8th Air ForceGround Support in World War Two (The history Press, Stroud, 2010).