ROYAL AIR FORCE: AIR DEFENCE OF GREAT BRITAIN (ADGB), 1944.
Flying Officer F S Stevens, a night-fighter pilot serving with No. 456 Squadron RAAF, seen at Ford, Sussex, when the Squadron was providing fighter defence over southern England during Operation OVERLORD. On the night of 7/8 June 1944, Stevens and his radar operator, Pilot Officer W A H Kellett, shot down two Heinkel He 177s off the coast of France.
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.