King George VI with General Mark Clark of the US Army in North Africa. Printed caption on reverse: 'For first publication eveings Sat Jun 19. British Official Photo, Crown Copyright Reserved. HM THE KING IN N AFRICA. on 14th June, 1943, His Majesty the King made an extensive tour of the American Armed forces, which included the large force under General Clark. It was during this visit that his Majesty watched modern street fighting and took the salute at a parade in which large numbers of troops and fighting vehicles passed the saulting base. Photo shows: standing in an African vineyard his Majesty the King wathes street-fighting tactics by an assault party. A Brigadier General of the US Army explians the demonstration. General Mark Clark in on the right.'
King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth and General Doolittle meet a bomber crew of the 379th Bomb Group in front of their B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Four of a Kind". Passed as censored 7 Jul 1944. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Act on print.' Printed caption on reverse is damaged: '6.7.44. ...To USAAF. [Maj]esties...[K]ing and Queen accompanied by [Princess] Elizabeth [v]isited USAAF stations today. ...shows: ...King and Queen with Gen. Doolittle, Gen. ...USAAF, inspecting the ground crew of the [B-17 Flying] Fortress "Four of a Kind".' Censor no: 336263. On reverse: Central Press Photos and SHAEF Field Press Censor [Stamps].
"King George VI and Queen Elizabeth inspect the crew of a Boeing B-17 'Four of a Kind' during their visit to a 379th Bomb Group base in England. 6-Jul-44."
"King George VI on tour of the 8th bomber command somewhere in England, studies battle damaged wing of a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. L-R: Lt Robert Riordan [Houston, TX], HRH, Brig Gen Newton Longfellow."
"King George VI talks with two crew members of the Boeing B-17 'Four of a Kind' during a visit to a 379th Bomb Group base in England. 6-Jul-44."
"King George VI reviews personnel of the VIII bomber command, 8th AF, England Dec-42."
"King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elizabeth visit informally with 303rd Bomb Group personnel at an airbase somewhere in England. 6-Jul-44."
Col Kermit D Stevens at far left.
"King George of England talks with high American Army officers during a visit to an Eighth Air force base to inspect the crew of the "Memphis Belle," famed Boeing B-17 Flying fortress."
Memphis Belles pilot Capt Robert K Morgan stands behind the King.
"King George talks with Gen Carl Spaatz, Maj Gen Ira C Eaker and Brig Gen Newton Longfellow. VIII bomber command, 8th AF England Dec-42."
"The recipients of decorations which were conferred on behalf of King George VI by the Earl of Halifax, British ambassador to the United States during and official presentation ceremony at the British embassy 26-Sep-44."
Rear L-R: Lt Roy E Whittaker, Col Kenneth B Hobson, Col Stewart W Towle Jr, Col Archibald R Mackechnie, Capt Olan R Fleming, Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax, T/Sgt William T Kent, M/Sgt Theodore S Millard, Capt Carroll A Taylor, 1Lt Ronald E Notestine.
Front L-R: Maj Gen Frank O Hunter, Maj Gen Uzal Girard Ent, Brig Gen Haywood S Hansell, Mrs Eleanor F Graves [Wife to Brig Gen Davis D Graves KIA], Brig Gen Newton Longfellow, Mr N C Olsen (father of Capt Roy W Olsen KIA), Maj Charles B Fairlamb, Maj Ulysses Sam Nero, Maj Lyman Middleditch.
At 6pm on 3 September 1939, King George VI spoke to the people of Britain and the Empire. In his radio broadcast, he talked of the difficult times ahead and urged his people to stand firm.
The King held the ranks of Admiral of the Fleet, Field Marshal and Marshal of the Royal Air Force (RAF). He and Queen Elizabeth inspected troops and visited work places. On these occasions the King always appeared in uniform.
During the Blitz, the King and Queen visited bombed areas to see the damage caused by enemy air raids. On these visits, the Queen took a keen interest in what was being done to help people who had lost their homes. After Buckingham Palace was bombed on 13 September 1940, she said she felt she could 'look the East End in the face'.
In 1940 the King instituted the George Cross and George Medal to be awarded for acts of bravery by citizens.
The King and Queen also took a real interest in the work that people were doing, and conducted Royal visits to British and American personnel, troops and places involved in supporting the war effort. This often raised morale and gave workers a renewed enthusiasm for their work. The Ministry of Supply studied the effects of royal visits and found that, in most cases, production figures dropped on the day of the visit but the weekly production figures invariably rose.
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During the Blitz, the King and Queen visited bombed areas to see the damage caused by enemy air raids. On these visits, the Queen took a keen interest in what was being done to help people who had lost their homes. After Buckingham Palace was bombed on...
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Dick studied photography at Modesto Junior College, California, and undertook a brief period of training in Hollywood to learn how to operate a film camera. He enlisted in the US Signal Corps in May 1942 as a motion picture cameraman and was sent to...
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