NO. 456 SQUADRON ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE, 1944.
Wing Commander K M Hampshire, Officer Commanding No. 456 Squadron RAAF, standing by a staff car at Ford, Sussex, when the Squadron was providing fighter defence over southern England during Operation OVERLORD. Hampshire commanded the unit from December 1943 until November 1944, claiming seven victories and one probable during this period, while flying with his radar operator, Flight Lieutenant T Condon. He was promoted Group Captain on leaving the unit and then served with Transport Command, being awarded a bar to his DSO in February 1945.
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.