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ww2dbaseHerbert A. Mason was born to a commercial photographer in 1903. When WW2 began, he was under the employment of Associated Newspapers, but shortly after joined the British Royal Navy as a photographer. With the rank of lieutenant, he photographed North Atlantic convoys and the London Blitz. His photograph of smoke-shrouded St Paul's Cathedral of London, first published in the Daily Mail on 31 Dec 1940, became one of the most iconic images for the British people.
ww2dbaseSource: Tom Allbeson, "Visualizing Wartime Destruction and Postwar Reconstruction", The Journal of Modern History, Volume 87, Number 3, Sep 2015
Last Major Revision: Oct 2016
Photographs Taken by Herbert Mason
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