A view of a blast damaged railway coach in Charing Cross station, 8 October 1940. Original caption reads; "Bomb falls on a London Station. During daylight raid at the peak hour this morning a bomb was dropped on a London station. Although damage was done to the platforms and a train, casualties are believed to have been few."
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.