When my Grandmother died we found a tin full of negatives, contact prints and diaries. My Grandfather took these pictures in Johannesburg, Palestine and Cairo whilst serving in the Royal Air Force during World War Two.
His name was James Smith (1st photograph), he was an armourer and it was his job to load ammunition and bombs onto the aircrafts. His duties also included the recovery of crashed aircrafts, removing live ammunition from wrecks and retrieving the bodies of allied and enemy soldiers.
After the war, he returned to working as a bricklayer. He married and started a family. None of us were aware of these pictures until after his death.