The second pilot of a No 502 Squadron Whitley VII gives his skipper a helpful push as they climb aboard their aircraft, at the start of an anti-submarine patrol, August 1942. The camera just visable poking out of the hole in the fuselage was used to record the effectiveness of U-boat attacks – a standard F24 camera was mounted vertically and fitted with a mirror to give it a rear-facing view.
On 30 August 1942, the Japanese ordered the 20,100 prisoners of war in Changi Jail, Singapore, to sign an undertaking not to escape. The POWs refused and they were crowded into Selerang Barracks (which had accommodation for 120) until they signed under duress on 4 September. The photograph shows the crowded Barrack Square during what became known as the ‘Selerang Incident’.
Aerial photograph taken from Short Sunderland Mark III, EK586 'U', of No. 10 Squadron RAF during an attack on German type VIIC submarine U-426 in the Bay of Biscay. The U-boat is down by the stern and sinking after six depth charges straddled her stern. The captain of EK586, Flying Officer J P Roberts RAAF, was awarded an immediate DFC on his return to Mount Batten, Devon.
Okinawa, 28 May 1945 by Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections, via Flickr. The caption on this photograph reads "Indifferent-Completely ignoring that fact that his camp is half submerged by heavy Okinawa rains, Marine Staff Sergeant A.S. Barnacle, of Minneapolis, Minn., stands knee deep in water to shave at his "Rube Goldberg" washstand." From the Photograph Collection (COLL/3948), Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections OFFICIAL USMC PHOTOGRAPH
A striking portrait of two civilian firefighters, one male, one female. Both are wearing their Fire Guard armbands, long overcoats and steel helmets. The straps of their gas mask cases can also just be seen. This photograph was probably taken in October 1941.