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Norfolk at war: 70 years since WWII
Spitfires (PA)
Norfolk's residents recall the height of conflict during WWII

Seventy years ago on 3 September, 1939, Britain declared war on Germany after their invasion of Poland two days previous, marking the start of WWII.

Many Norfolk residents remember the traumas of WWII and some extraordinary and emotional stories have come from all over the county.

There were fears that north Norfolk could see a German invasion and the county's airfields were at the forefront of Britain's aerial militia.

Take a listen to tales of Norfolk at war as the county prepared itself for five years of conflict.

North Norfolk villages

There were fears that North Norfolk could see a German invasion and small coastal villages were suddenly placed on the frontline.

BBC Radio Norfolk's Jill Bennett heard how Ann Head, Ivan Sands and Diana Mansell, who live in the Burnhams, were all faced with the threat of enemy confrontation.

Evacuating to Hunstanton

Dot Hanscombe was evacuated to Hunstanton during Operation Pied Piper, where thousands of children from Britain's industrial cities were sent to rural areas during WWII.

Fitting in with her new family and classmates was not an easy task for the London girl.

"[Our family] really didn't want us. They were much poorer here and we had less food than we had in London," said Dot.

BBC Radio Norfolk's Jill Bennett spoke to Dot about her experience and how it changed her life.

Norfolk's airfields
Martin Bowman, aviation expert from Norfolk
Martin Bowman has a great knowledge of Norfolk's airfields

During WWII, Norfolk's airfields became home to hundreds of RAF and USAF airmen to provide an aerial threat to the increasingly powerful German Luftwaffe.

BBC Radio Norfolk's Wally Webb talks to Martin Bowman, an aviation expert in Norwich, about the role of the county's airfields during the height of war.