On this day in 1943, Winston Churchill was three days into a journey from Scotland to New York aboard the RMS Queen Mary, now a troopship. The prime minister was on his way to meet with President Franklin D. Roosevelt; having gained the upper hand in Africa, the two gentlemen would turn their attention to the War in Europe and Asia, as well as the selection of a Supreme Allied Commander.
Along for the ride with Churchill were 5,000 German prisoners of war.
New York Times
Official Queen Mary Website