Five deep shelters are being opened in London with sleeping accommodation for a total of 40,000 persons. They are running beneath existing tube railway lines. They contain medical aid posts and canteen. A special system of folding bunks has been devised to give free circulation of traffic. Robert Hunt of Kennington, CD Light Rescue worker, patrols the avenue of sleepers as a voluntary warden.
Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry.