A photograph taken circa 1943 at the Royal Air Force 307 Squadron Maintenance Unit at Lahore.
In a short memoir that is part of the WW2 People’s War archive run by the BBC, Britisher Eric Burrel wrote the following about his experience in the city:
“I was on 307 Maintenance Unit mainly repairing old Hurricanes in various states of collapse… Lahore city was about 7 miles away. We had a little 7-piece band with a sax player doing some manuscript stuff. The RAF loaned us some music which we were supposed to copy. We did about 10 broadcasts on All-India Radio. The airmen at dances used to have Anglo-Indian girls to dance with, as well as the occasional English girl. We had a regular Sunday night in a large building in Lahore…
In Lahore we were only allowed to go in one main street, the Mall, for our own safety. The cinemas and eating places were quite good, but when the Americans came in 1943 it spoilt a lot of things. They used to pay the rates the Indians asked, and we British could not compete.”
And we thought that the american marketization and competition model was meant to drive down prices : -)