Troops of the 17th U.S. Airborne Division, First Allied Airborne Army, march past a blazing building in Appelhülsen, Germany, as they advance toward the city of Münster, nine miles to the northeast. First Allied Airborne Army troops had landed east of the Rhine river on March 24th 1945.
Flying Officer Leonard Haines of No. 19 Squadron RAF sits by the cockpit of his Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia at Fowlmere, near Duxford. September 1940.
'Dog Beach Patrol', (possibly on Parramore Beach, Virginia, US. October 1943).
An Allied Soldier takes a break during the approach to Tripoli, Libya beside a swastika and the words 'Heil Hitler' that have been carved into a rocky hillside during January 1943.
United States Marines climbing down the nets into landing craft during the Battle of Peleliu, September-November 1944.
Girls working on shell caps in a munitions factory, somewhere in England. 25th of May 1940.
Medics of the US. 5th Infantry Division examining GI clothing found with German-captured equipment after the liberation of the area, near Diekirch in Luxembourg on the 20th of January 1945.
Three troopers of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division taking a break after 5 days frontline fighting. From left to right : Pvt William H. Sandy (ASN 13032007) from Charlottesville, VA, Sgt Dehaven Nowlin (ASN 15046241) from Goshen, KY and Pvt Howard Fredericks (ASN 39241668) from Los Angeles, CA., near Essen (Germany) 10th of April 1945.
Veronica Foster, (b.1922 - d.2000) popularly known as "Ronnie, the Bren Gun Girl", was a Canadian icon representing nearly one million Canadian women who worked in the manufacturing plants that produced munitions and materiel during World War II.
An American Marine aiming his Garand M1 rifle, whilst perched on Japanese ammunition crates on the Island of Iwo Jima, February/March 1945.
Royal Marines from 45 (RM) Commando, 1st Commando Brigade on the look-out for snipers among the ruins in Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, Germany. 4th of April 1945.
Soviet artillerymen transporting a 76-mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3) during the forced crossing of the Oder River, Germany, December, 1944.
Marine Pfc. Douglas Lightheart (right) cradles his .30 caliber M1919 Browning machine gun in his lap, while he and Marine Pfc. Gerald Thursby Sr. take a cigarette break, during mopping up operations on Peleliu on 14th September 1944.
A British Crusader tank passes a burning German Panzer IV tank during 'Operation Crusader'. Cyrenaica (the eastern province of Libya). Winter 1941.
The strain and fatigue of 23 days on the line is shown by Marines of Combat Team 'C', 2/7th US Marines, 1st Marine Division seen here displaying Japanese battle flags captured during the Battle of Cape Gloucester. 14-15th January 1944.
"Lucky Strike" 1944. The United States was the only country to equip its troops with an auto-loading rifle as the standard infantry weapon of WWII. It gave their troops a tremendous advantage in firepower, and led General George Patton to call the M1 Garand, “The greatest battle implement ever devised.”
Crew members of Nº537 Soviet IS-2 tank of the 87th Guards Heavy Tank Regiment take a break in Breslau (now Wroclaw in Poland) 27th April 1945.
US troops from Combat Command B of the U.S. 14th Armored Division entering the Hammelburg Prison in Germany by opening the main gate with bursts of their M3 "Grease Guns". Hammelburg, Germany. April 6, 1945.
Australian soldiers mingle with a section of the crowd gathered in Martin Place during the Victory in the Pacific celebrations, Sydney, 15 August 1945.
Two German members of the Organisation Todt (involved in the construction of the Atlantic Wall) are sitting on the Spitfire brought down on the wet sands at Calais by Flying Officer Peter Cazenove. It had been hit by a single bullet from a German Dornier bomber. The plane was consumed by the sandy beach and remained there for 40 years.
A Sergeant of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps bandages the wounded ear of a mine-detection Labrador dog named 'Jasper' at Bayeux in Normandy, 5th of July 1944.
A view from a broken window of US Marines firing at Japanese soldiers hiding behind debris in Saipan in 1944.
Two wounded soldiers from the 6th Durham Light Infantry, 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division, XXX Corps., during the Mareth line battle, 22-24 March 1943.
The crew of the US Army 703rd Tank Destroyer Battalion of the 3rd Armored Division pose underneath their tank near the French town of Marigny.
This 1944 photo shows US troops on a patrol in France.
Canadian infantrymen advance up stairs while dodging sniper fire in Campochiaro, Italy in 1943.
A Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) man in the bow of the rubber landing craft provides covering fire as a 10-man boat crew of the US Marine 3rd Raider Battalion reaches the undefended beach of Pavuvu in the Russell Islands during 'Operation Cleanslate'. February 1943.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visiting bomb damaged streets in the East End of London on the 18th of October 1940.
While his father chats with a customer at the hardware store, a uniformed Jimmy Stewart sets up a date to go fishing,1945.
The crew of an up-ended (M4A1) Sherman tank of the 7th Armoured Brigade enjoy a ‘brew’ beside their vehicle while waiting for a recovery team, on the 'Gothic Line' in Italy, 13th of September 1944. Their tank overturned after slipping off a narrow road in the dark.
Margaret Sevilla, Los Angeles. May 7, 1945. VE Day!
German troops on board an abandoned Soviet T34/76 tank, in a field in the Belgorod Region of Russia, about 40 kilometres north of the border with Ukraine. 1943.
Finnish soldiers of the II Division/Infantry Regiment JR 12 on the Imatra road in Tali-Ihantala, 30th June 1944. They are passing a Soviet T-34 tank destroyed by a StuG III German assault gun.
M4A2, Sherman Mk III "Cameo" (T146946) tank crew of 2nd Troop, 'C' Squadron, 13th-18th Royal Hussars, 27th Armoured Brigade rest and write letters home by the side of their vehicle, Normandy, 10 June 1944.
The 27th Brigade landed at Sword Beach as part of XXX Corps and fought in the Caen area until disbanded on 30 July 1944. They supported the British Commandos’ breakout from the Normandy Landings. Later supported the British Paratroopers at Breville.
On 11 June a squadron of 13/18th Hussars supported 6th Airborne Division's attacks along the river, and later in the month the regiment supported 51st (Highland) Infantry Division in further attacks along the river. On 8 & 9 July, 27th Armoured Bde supported I Corps' final successful attack on Caen.
Bf 109 G-6/Trop W.Nr. 14. ... "Weisse2", Lt. Josef Emil Clade, 7./JG 27, whilst escorting the He 111 H transporting Gen. Fiebig and Holle to Crete, December 1943.
Boulton Paul Defiant Mk Is (including L7026 PS-V and N1535 PS-A) of No. 264 Squadron RAF based at Kirton-in-Lindsey, Lincolnshire, late July 1940.
Squadron Leader Philip Algernon Hunter DSO in Defiant N1535 PS-A, was leading this patrol at the time.
Hunter continued to lead 264 Squadron during the Battle of Britain but by now the Germans had discovered the weakness of the Defiant and the aircraft sustained heavy losses including Hunter, who was lost in action on 24 August 1940, in Defiant N1535.
The Defiant was withdrawn from day fighter operations one month later.
A Panzerkampfwagen IV F-1 of Panzer Regiment 24, Pz Div. 24 on the Russian Steppes in the Summer of 1942.
U.S. Army soldiers of 315th Infantry Regiment,79th Infantry Division, fire on enemy German positions with an M1 Bazooka during the Battle of Normandy. Lessay, Manche, Lower Normandy, France,18 July 1944.
Two young German soldiers armed with Panzerfausts (anti-tank weapons) and Mauser rifles, march along Bankowa street in Luban (Lauban), Lower Silesia. Towards the end of the war, German boys as young as fourteen and fifteen were often sent into battle to augment the dwindling numbers of able-bodied men. March 1945.
A U.S.Navy Brewster F2A-3 fighter during a training flight from Naval Air Station in Miami,Florida,USA,piloted by LCdr.Joseph C. Clifton,2 August 1942.
This 1941 photo shows a German soldier surrendering to a Soviet troop during the Battle of Moscow.
Three French boys stare at a destroyed Nazi Panther tank near Normandy, France in 1944.
Crew members stand next to a B-26 Marauder, a twin-engined medium bomber used in Western Europe during World War 2.
A heavily armed British patrol of L Detachment SAS in their jeeps, just back from a three-month patrol in North Africa. 1943
A Supermarine Spitfire Vc 'Tropical' JK707 MX-P serving with 307th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Group operated by 12th USAAF
Execution of Victor Feigin, a Soviet spy, by Finnish soldiers, Hangon Iohko, July 13, 1941
A Finnish soldier practices maneuvers in the winter snow at a military dog training school during the Finnish-Soviet Continuation War. Hämeenlinna, Finland. February 1941.
US Medics help wounded soldiers on Omaha beach in this photo taken on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
Hans Wind stands next to the cockpit of his Brewster B 239. He was a Finnish fighter pilot & flying ace in WWII with 75 confirmed air combat victories.
Focke Wulf FW-190A6 of 4./Jagdgeschwader 54 (JG 54) on the airfield at Immola in Finland. 2 July 1944.
A Chinese Nationalist soldier guards a row of Curtiss P-40 'Warhawks' flown by the 'Flying Tigers' of the American Volunteer Group 1942.
A paratrooper from the 3rd Fallschirmjäger Division captured near Weywertz, Belgium, 15 January 1945
A crew member cleaning the barrel of an Sd.Kfz. 251/9 - Schützenpanzerwagen (7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24) "Stummel" on the East Front, c. Summer 1942.
M4A3(75) Sherman tanks of the 9th US Armored Division in Westhausen, Germany. April 10, 1945.
Boeing B-29 Superfortress 42-24592 “Dauntless Dotty” 869th Bomb Squadron, 497th Bomb Group, 73rd Bomb Wing, 20th Air Force. 24 Nov 1944.
Soviet Air Force officers, Rufina Gasheva (848 night combat missions) and Nataly Meklin (980 night combat missions) decorated as 'Heroes of the Soviet Union' for their service with the famed 'Night Witches' unit during World War II. They stand in front of their Polikarpov Po-2 biplanes.
Captain Thomas Garahan of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 398th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division raises an American flag that was secretly made by a local French girl from a store in Bitche, France. The infantry division was later referred to as the "Sons of Bitche," after liberating the region in March 1945.
Two color guards and color bearers of the Japanese-American 100th Battalion, 442d Combat Team, stand at attention, while their citations are read. They are standing on ground in the Bruyères area, France, where many of their comrades fell. November 12 1944
A Kriegsberichter (war correspondent) holding an Arriflex 35 2 1942 camera 35mm ACR 0292 and he is leaning against a knocked out Soviet BT-5 light tank. c.1940/41.
U.S. Army Pfc. Fred Linden holds a young French boy following the liberation of the village of Trévières during the Battle of Normandy.10th June 1944
Squadron Leader J.A.F. MacLachlan, the one-armed Commanding Officer of No 1 Squadron RAF, standing beside his Hawker Hurricane Mark IIC night fighter,West Sussex, England.
A U.S. Army Air Forces Air Transport Command Douglas C-47 Skytrain over the Giza pyramids in Egypt, taken sometime in 1943.
US Air Force pilot 2nd Lieutenant Robert Biesecker with his crew of the 569th Bombardment Squadron, 390th Bomb Group, US Eighth Air Force, standing by 'Honey Chile', their B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, at RAF Framlingham,in England, 18 October 1943.
British Prisoners of War celebrate their liberation from Stalag 11B, Germany, 16th April 1945. WWII.
Marines Rescue a Wounded Buddy, Tarawa, November 1943
Two soldiers from C Company, 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, smoke cigarettes while looking out at the war-torn city of Geich, Germany.
D-DAY UTAH BEACH: A shell fired by a 88 mm gun explodes on Utah Beach during the landing. June 6, 1944
2 US soldiers prepare a gift of special “Easter Eggs” for Adolf Hitler and the German Army. 10 March 1945, during the Battle of Remagen.
A wounded Marine of the 1st Marine Division, while he waits for the stretcher bearers to come for him, is given a drink of water from the canteen of a buddy while the Marines fight the enemy in rough country on Peleliu Island.
A paratrooper from the American 17th Airborne Division gets a light from a Churchill tank crewman of 6th Guards Armoured Brigade near Dorsten in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, 29th of March 1945.
A broken down and deserted Soviet T-35 heavy tank of the 8th Mechanised Corps. On the Dubno - Plycza highway, Rivne Oblast (province) of western Ukraine. June/July 1941.
In the foreground is U.S. sniper Pfc. Edward J. Foley, Co 'G', 143rd Infantry, 36th Infantry Division cleaning his Springfield 1903A4 rifle, Near Velletri, Lazio, Italy. 29 May 1944.
The "Memphis Belle" and crew, June 7 1943.
They are, left to right: Tech. Sgt. Harold P. Loch of Green Bay, Wis., top turret gunner; Staff Sgt. Cecil H. Scott of Altoona, Penn., ball turret gunner; Tech. Sgt. Robert J, Hanson of Walla Walla, Wash., radio operator; Capt. James A. Verinis, New Haven, Conn., co-pilot; Capt. Robert K. Morgan of Ashville, N. C., pilot; Capt. Charles B. Leighton of Lansing, Mich., navigator; Staff Sgt. John P. Quinlan of Yonkers, N. Y., tail gunner; Staff Sgt. Casimer A. Nastal of Detroit, Mich., waist gunner; Capt. Vincent B. Evans of Henderson, Texas, bombardier and Staff Sgt. Clarence E. Wichell of Oak Park, Ill., waist gunner.
The aircraft was one of the first B-17 United States Army Air Corps heavy bombers to complete 25 combat missions with her crew intact. The aircraft and crew then returned to the United States to sell war bonds.
The Memphis Belle, a Boeing-built B-17F-10-BO, USAAC Serial No. 41-24485, was added to the USAAC inventory on 15th July 1942, and delivered in September 1942 to the 91st Heavy Bombardment Group at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine. She deployed to Prestwick, Scotland, on 30th September 1942, to a temporary base at RAF Kimbolton on 1st October, and then to her permanent base at Bassingbourn, England, on 14th October. Each side of the fuselage bore the unit identification markings of the 324th Bomb Squadron (Heavy) - DF: A.
Captain Robert Morgan's crew flew 29 combat missions with the 324th Bomb Squadron, all but four in the Memphis Belle.
The aircraft was the namesake of pilot Robert K. Morgan's sweetheart, Margaret Polk, a resident of Memphis, Tennessee. Morgan originally intended to call the B-17, Little One, after his pet name for her, but after Morgan and his co-pilot, Jim Verinis, saw the movie 'Lady for a Night', in which the leading character owns a riverboat named the Memphis Belle, he proposed that name to his crew. Morgan then contacted George Petty at the offices of 'Esquire' magazine and asked him for a pinup drawing to go with the name, Petty supplied 'Girl on a phone' from the magazine's April 1941 issue.
The 91st's group artist Corporal Tony Starcer reproduced the famous Petty girl nose art on both sides of the forward fuselage, depicting her suit in blue on the aircraft's port side and in red on the starboard. The nose art later included 25 bomb shapes, one for each mission credit, and eight swastika designs, one for each German aircraft claimed shot down by the crew of the Memphis Belle. Station and crew names were stencilled below station windows on the aircraft after her tour of duty was completed.
After the war, the Memphis Belle was saved from reclamation at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma where she had been consigned since 1 August 1945, by the efforts of the mayor of Memphis, Walter Chandler, and the city bought the B-17 for $350. She was flown to Memphis in July 1946 and stored until the summer of 1949 when she was placed on display at the National Guard armoury near the city's fairgrounds. She sat out-of-doors into the 1980s, slowly deteriorating due to weather and vandalism. Souvenir hunters removed almost all of the interior components. Eventually no instruments were left in the cockpit, and virtually every removable piece of the aircraft's interior had been scavenged, often severing the aircraft's wiring and control cables in the process.
As of 2014, the aircraft is undergoing extensive restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio.