"Battleground above Europe." Allied attacks against German ground, air and sea targets.
RAF Bostons and Mitchells and USAAF Marauders (possibly 322nd Bombardment Group) cross the English and French coasts en route to attack a rail centre north of Paris at Creil. Camera-gun film records Luftwaffe fighters being shot down, including Messerschmitt Bf 110 which explodes in mid-air while the pilot parachutes out and another fighter having its wing shot away. RAF planes strafe an airfield catching Bf 110s on the tarmac and attack a moving train and coastal shipping.
This unpleasant-looking character is called the Squander Bug, and it was created during the Second World War by artist Phillip Boydell, an employee of the National Savings Committee. The cartoon bug appeared in press adverts and poster campaigns as a menace who encouraged shoppers to waste money rather than buy war savings certificates.
American troops and locals at the Dove Inn, Burton Bradstock, in Dorset, 1944.
In 1942, the first of over 1.5 million American servicemen arrived on British shores in preparation for the Allied offensives against Germany during the Second World War. That year, the United States' War Department published Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain to help soldiers, sailors and airmen – many of whom had never travelled abroad before – adjust to life in a new country.