Joe Harlick and Don Caldwell of the 91st Bomb Group sit on the bonnet of a Jeep in front of a B-17 Flying Fortress IWM (FRE 5669)

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Sergeant L.F. Teetman, of the 379th Bomb Group enjoys a sandwich and coffee before interrogation Kimbolton, 1 January 1944. IWM (FRE 4796)

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A PBY Catalina in flight Image by Sergey Vladimirov.

PBY Catalina: endlessly versatile

The PBY Catalina was arguably the most versatile aircraft of the Second World War. It was involved from start to finish, in every theatre, in a variety of roles.
US paratroopers check their kit before boarding for France. Courtesy US Government (EA 25511)

D-Day in the Air: The aerial battle for Normandy

Well before D-Day, the Allies planned to use air power to set the stage for the landings. RAF and USAAF aerial reconnaissance, airborne landings, and tactical bombing were imperative to the success of Operation Overlord during and after D-Day. How did the Allies win air superiority? Where was the German response to D-Day? And how did Allied air power affect the fighting on the ground?
Two Clubmobile volunteers serve coffee and donuts to US ground personnel on an air base in ENgland US Public Domain

From Airfields to the Invasion Beaches: The Clubmobiles’ mission to bring a taste of home to American servicemen

As dawn broke on 16th July 1944, a GMC 6x6 truck rolled off a Landing Craft Tank (LCT) onto Utah Beach. This truck was different. The “Daniel Boone” was remarkable for being the first "Clubmobile" to land on the continent. Fitted out with an electric doughnut-making machine and equipment for brewing coffee, the Clubmobile would bring the morale-boosting work of the American Red Cross to the allied forces advancing through Europe.

A young couple looking at a display in the American Air Museum with the B-17 Flying Fortress in the backgroun ©IWM

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