A WORKING CLASS FAMILY IN WARTIME: EVERY DAY LIFE WITH THE SUTER FAMILY IN LONDON, 1940
Alan Suter helps his mother to climb out of the Anderson shelter that has been constructed in the bottom of the garden of the family home at 44 Edgeworth Road, Eltham, as his sister Doris looks on. Both Doris and Mrs Suter are carrying gas masks. The high banking behind the Anderson shelter is actually the railway embankment, which runs past the family home. This photograph was taken in the summer of 1940.
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.