Morley was contacted by the Committee in May 1940, regarding the possibility of painting air-raid debris subjects, for a fee of 50 guineas. John Armstrong was another artist employed for this subject.
In September that year he wrote reporting on his recent visit to Bristol, where he found little damage to draw, other than a pub (which became ?LD 666) and went to Falmouth where he drew a bombed tanker (which became IWM:ART LD 665). LD 665-7 were accepted in November 1940. Morley then wrote asking for a further contract on the subject of Armoured Vehicle Schools, which was granted in December, at a fee of 50 guineas. In January he mentioned that he had nearly finished a picture (LD 792) (25); by March, two further works (IWM:ART LD 919-920). Morley then requested a further commission along similar lines, but the Committee declined, preferring Morley to submit individual works to them for consideration. He submitted three works in May 1941 but they were declined by the Committee, to which Morley responded that it "revive[d] wrong and naughty thoughts I used to have about the RA selecting Committee".
In November 1942, the Committee asked to see Morley's portrait of Lt Commander Wanklyn, when completed. The portrait was a commission from elsewhere but after seeing it, the committee commissioned a replica portrait, for 40 guineas (LD 2863)