The American military arrived in England during the second world war when they formally joined the allies in the fight against Germany, Italy and Japan. Initial agreements were made with the United States Airforce in January and March 1941. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour occurred on 7th December 1941. The first US forces base in England was at RAF Dawes Hill in High Wycombe and that commenced on 22nd February 1942. Nazi Germany surrender and 8th May 1945 was marked as Victory in Europe Day. Atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima (6th August 1945) and Nagasaki (9th August 1945) with the Japanese surrender being announced on 15th August 1945. The conflict which gave rise to the arrival of United States military activity having bases in England had come to an end. Some seven decades later the US military are still operating from bases in England. 

The legal basis for the US Visiting Force in the United Kingdom is primarily the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Status of Forces Agreement of 1951 (SOFA)  and the Visiting Forces Act of 1952



Film On Clogger Lane is being shown at The Tetley in Leeds until 14th May 2023.

1 hour film about the Washburn Valley and its history which now includes Menwith Hill and the various Peace Camps and initiatives to raise awareness of the activities of the base. Starts on the hour.


Also an exhibition in an adjacent room of posters and artefacts from the demonstrations.

Free Admission.

Well worth visiting.

US Air Force Deployment in Britain is third largest in the world.


Independence from America event 2022

Location: Main Gates of Menwith Hill

2pm on Saturday 2nd July 2022.

Annual event calling for an end to US Military Occupation of the UK. The event will draw attention to the concerns around one of the world's largest surveillance bases in Yorkshire.

The programme is still being developed so if you have contributions or ideas about what should be on the programme please contact