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Bedfordshire during
the Second World War

World War II

All the books and articles listed are available for loan or consultation in the Local Studies Library at Bedford Central Library.


  • BOWYER, M. Action Stations 1 : Wartime Military Airfields of East Anglia 1939-45. 1979. Reference Copy Only.
  • BOWYER, M. Action Stations 6 Military Airfields of the Cotswolds and Central Midlands. 1983.
  • CLARKE, Freddie. Agents by Moonlight : the Secret History of RAF Tempsford During World War 2. 1999.
  • Grundy, D. Tempsford : Abandoned But Not Forgotten. In The Bedfordshire Magazine Vol. 21 pp.36-38 1987.
  • O'CONNOR, B. Tempsford Airfield.1997
  • O'CONNOR, B. Everton and Tempsford Airfield.1997
  • POWELL, D. Diversion(Tempsford) In The Bedfordshire Magazine Vol.24 pp.103-105 1993.
  • SMITH, G. Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Airfields in the Second World War. 1999.
  • TIBBUTT, H.G. The Cloak and Dagger Squadrons of the RAF : Tempsford in the Second World War. In The Bedfordshire Magazine Vol.12 pp.269-274 1970.
  • TIBBUTT, H.G. The Pathfinders VCs of the RAF : Little Staughton in World War 2. In The Bedfordshire Magazine Vol.12 pp.227-232 1970.
  • TICKELL, J. Moon Squadron (Tempsford) 1956.


  • BEDFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL The Bedfordshire County Council in Peace and War 1938-45. 1946.
  • BEDFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL History of Civil Defence 1939-45. 1946.
  • BEDFORDSHIRE FEDERATION OF WOMEN'S INSTITUTES Bedfordshire Within Living Memory. 1992.
  • FRASER-NEWSTEAD, Barbara. Bedfordshire's Yesteryears Vol.4 War Times and Civil Matters. 1996.
  • LUTT, Nigel. Bedfordshire and the Phoney War 1939-40. In The Bedfordshire Magazine Vol.22 pp.47-50 1989.
  • LUTT, Nigel. Bedfordshire at War. 1997.
  • RENDALL, J. A Lasting Memory(evacuees) In The Bedfordshire Magazine Vol.23 pp.311-313 1993.
  • TWINCH, C. Lend a Hand on the Land. In The Bedfordshire Magazine Vol.25 pp.286-290 1996.
  • VICKERS, J. Telegram Boys 1942-45. In The Bedfordshire Magazine Vol.25 pp.276-280 1976.


  • BARKER, H. A Bedford Diary of Four War years. (1943)
  • Bedford Guide for U.S. Armed Forces in the U.K. (1943) Reference copy only
  • Bedford Victory Celebrations. 1946. Reference Copy only
  • KENYON, Nicholas. The BBC Symphony Orchestra 1930-1980. 1981.Contains a chapter on the Orchestra's stay in Bedford during the war years.
  • MITCHELL, Martin. Well Remembered Fields: the story of one school's evacuation 1939-45. 2003. In September 1939 Owen's School Islington was evacuated to Bedford.
  • TIPPING, Peter. The BBC in Bedford During World War 2. 2001.
  • WARNER, R. School Time Memories of Wartime Bedford. In The
  • Bedfordshire Magazine Vol.23 pp.26-3- 1991.
  • WESTAWAY, K. M. Old Girls in New Times: the story of some work done by old girls of Bedford High School during nearly six years of war 1939-45. 1945.


  • BIRD, Sylvia. Memories of Stagsden by a Wartime Refugee. 1996. Reference Copy only.
  • DAVIES, S. Riseley Our Village. 2000. contains a chapter on WW2.
  • DUNDROW, M. A. Lasting Impression : one boy's wartime in the country(Totternhoe) 1988.
  • ENEVER, J. Cockney Kid and Countrymen: the Second World War Remembered By the Children of Woburn Sands and Aspley Guise. 2001.
  • FORD, Jennifer. Journey into Turvey : millennium memories. 2000. contains a chapter on WW2.
  • THE LUTON NEWS. Luton at War. 1947 reprint edition 1982.
  • MACKAY BROWN, C.L.F. A Village at War (Dean) In The Bedfordshire Magazine Vol.24 pp.320-325 1995.
  • A Pictorial History of Odell 1940-1965. 1989.
  • PIKE, D. & R. Clifton Wartime Memories. 2004.
  • PORTER, R. VE Celebrations at Lidlington. In The Bedfordshire Magazine Vol.25 pp.280-283 1996.
  • ROBERTS, M. Farm of My Childhood 1925-1947(Flitwick) 1991.
  • SHILLINGTON WOMENS INSTITUTE How We Got By : Shillington Life During WW2. 1999.
  • SMITH, Mary. Growing Up in Wartime Ampthill. 2001.
  • WILLINGTON WOMENS INSTITUTE. The War History of a Bedfordshire Village. 1946.


  • BOWMAN, Martin W. Wild Blue Yonder : glory days of the US Eighth Air Force in England. 1991. Reference copy only.
  • FOX, George H. 8th Air Force Remembered. 1991. Reference copy only.
  • FREEMAN, Roger A. Airfields of the Eighth Then and Now. 7th ed. 1997. Reference copy only.
  • FREEMAN, Roger A. The Mighty Eighth: the colour record. 2001. Reference copy only.
  • FREEMAN, Roger A. The Mighty Eighth in Colour. 1991. Reference copy only.
  • FREEMAN, Roger A. The Mighty Eighth : a history of the units, men and machines of the US 8th Air Force. 1989. Reference copy only.
  • FREEMAN, Roger A. The Mighty Eighth War Manual. 2001. Reference copy only.
  • SMITH, Graham. The Mighty Eighth in the Second World War. 2001.


  • BARKER, Ralph. Twin Woods Farm and Glenn Miller. In The Bedfordshire Magazine Vol.13 pp.194-196 1972
  • BUTCHER, Geoffrey. Next to a Letter From Home : Major Glenn Miller's Wartime Band. 1986.
  • NESBIT, Roy. What Did Happen to Glenn Miller? In Aeroplane January 1987 pp.4-7 & February 1987 pp.60-65
  • PARKINSON, N. The Glenn Miller Connection. In The Bedfordshire Magazine Vol.24 pp.20-23 1993.
  • WAY, Christopher. Glenn Miller in Britain : then and now. 1996.
  • WRIGHT, Wilbur. The Glenn Miller Burial File. 1993.
  • WRIGHT, Wilbur. Millergate : the Real Glenn Miller Story. 1990.

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