THE INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT, 1945
President Franklin D Roosevelt raises his right arm to wave at the cheering crowds below (not pictured) at the end of his short inauguration speech. Also with him on the podium, left to right, are: Vice President Harry S Truman, Colonel James Roosevelt (the President's eldest son), and Right Reverend Monsignor John A Ryan, who delivered the benediction at the end of the ceremony.
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.