After listening to the Prime Minister's statement at 3 p.m., 30,000 men, women and children assembled before Buckingham Palace awaiting the Royal Family. Photo shows - The King and Queen with Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace and receive a powerful ovation from the vast crowd.
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.