A seemingly normal afternoon with people waiting patiently for their bus, however, at any minute the eerie wail of the "Alert" may sound.
With its hazy, vague, and mysterious atmosphere, a typical London night found a few tired people making their way to the safety of a nearby shelter while searchlights stalk the sky for night raiders.
As part of the preparations for the invasion, the position of German U-boats are plotted for air strikes. At the chart board an air intelligence officer briefs a crew that will fly off at dawn to strike against the submarines.
Near a British farmhouse, whose adjoining meadows have been converted into an airfield, a big Liberator fuels on its "hard standing," an island in a sea of mud. The smoking lamp is out while Pateu (Patrol Service Unit) crews on the wings of the big white and grey plane lead fuel lines from a tank truck.
A powerful Liberator has its bomb bay loaded with depth charges and bombs for use against the U-boats and its machine gun magazines filled with hundreds of rounds for use against the German JU88s. A mission lasts eleven or twelve hours and covers up to 1,600 nautical miles.
The North Devon tides, with their twenty-one foot range, are used by LCT boat crews to approximate beach conditions in Normandy.