Private William Bonneville, U.S. Army, after an exhausting struggle with the chill currents of the English Channel, is wrapped in a blanket and given hot coffee in the galley of the Coast Guard Rescue Cutter (credited with more than 1,100 rescues since D-Day) that picked him out of the water. Source: U.S. National Archives, # 26-G-2690.
Aboard a Coast Guard-manned LCI bound from the French coast to England, Nazi prisoners give a U.S. Coast Guardsman the lowdown on how they happened to be captured. German prisoner with his finger pointing upward is translating his colleague's remarks about Allied air power and the U.S. Coast Guardsman, at his right, is Robert E. O'Connell. Source: U.S. National Archives, # 26-G-2448.
The Northampton-class heavy cruiser USS Augusta (CL-31) dominates the background of this photo while landing crafts from the Elizabeth C. Stanton pass in the foreground on the way to Omaha Beach carrying men from the 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry Division. Source: U.S. National Archives, # 80-G-45720.
Operation Tonga. 4 'stick' commanders of 22nd Independent Parachute Company, British 6th Airborne Division, synchronize their watches at about 11 p.m. prior to take off from RAF Harwell, Oxfordshire. Officers, left to right: Bobby de la Tour, Don Wells, John Vischer, Bob Midwood. (June 5, 1944). Source: Imperial War Museums, H 39070.