A scene of destruction at the blocks of flats in Limehouse. Hughes Mansions, Vallance Road, following the explosion of the last German V2 rocket to fall on London, 27 March 1945. Of the three original blocks of flats in Limehouse before the incident, only one remains standing, but badly blasted. On the right can be seen the end of the block which disappeared.
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.