AIR RAID SHELTERS IN LONDON DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR
Thousands of Londoners go 288 steps down a spiral stiarcase 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 five shelters now open in the London area accommodate 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 people queuing up at one of the four canteens with the kiddies to the fore. Tea, cakes and sandwiches can be bought at reasonable cost by shelterers enjoying every possible amenity.
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.