Thousands of Londoners go 288 steps down a spiral staircase to bed and sleep undisturbed by Hitler's fly-bombs. They are the people - mostly women and children - who have tickets to the deep shelters. Each of the shelters open in the London area accommodates 8,000 ticket holders. They are the people who consistently sheltered in tube stations or whom a local authority think need a deep shelter bunk. Photograph shows women making up the bunks for the night. Wherever it is possible for it to be done, families are kept together in the shelter.
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.