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NARA Digitisation Programme

NCAP has partnered with the US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to digitise and disseminate records from NARA Record Group 373. This includes 40,000 rolls of aerial photography taken by the air arms of the USA, UK, Germany and Japan during the Second World War. 

 

Through our partnership, we will enable access to millions of aerial photographs of locations around the world. All of the images we digitise will be made accessible on our website, and can be zoomed and panned with a website subscription.

 

Our digitisation unit in Maryland, USA, copies thousands of images every month. These are processed and catalogued at NCAP for release on our website. Further information on each batch of images we release can be found below.

 

Overview

 

Over 101, 870 aerial images held in the US National Archives are now accessible on this website. To find images, Browse by Map to your area of interest, then click on the image location pins that appear.

 

More information on the most recent batches of imagery released can be viewed below.

 

June 2020 -Part 3

3, 005 aerial images taken by the United States Army Air Force between 1944 and 1950. The images cover locations in:

 

Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, North Korea, South Korea and Luxembourg.

 

Image: V1 weapon site, Fresnoy-Folny, France, 23 April 1944

June 2020 -Part 2

8,909 aerial images taken by the United States Army Air Force between 1944 and 1945. The images cover locations in:

 

Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

 

Image: P-51 Mustang aircraft flying over Kassel, Germany, 8 April 1945

June 2020 - Part 1

3,760 aerial images taken by the United States Army Air Force between 1943 and 1945. The images cover locations in:

 

Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

 

Image: Schiphol airfield, the Netherlands, 30 March 1945 

May 2020

6, 887 aerial images taken by the United States Army Air Force between 1944 and 1945. The images cover locations in:

 

Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany and the Netherlands

 

Image: Dresden, 25 March 1945

April 2020

3,642 aerial images taken by the United States Army Air Force between 1944 and 1945. The images cover locations in:

 

Germany and The Netherlands

 

Image: Concrete U-boat pens, Ijmuiden, with Tallboy bomb craters, 22 March 1945

March 2020 - Part 2

 

5,337 aerial images taken by the United States Army Air Force between 1944 and 1945. The images cover locations in:

 

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Poland.

 

Image: Unidentified airfield under attack, 30 March 1945

March 2020 - Part 1

 

4,847 aerial images taken by the United States Army Air Force between 1944 and 1945. The images cover locations in:

 

Germany

 

Image: Wesel, Germany, Allied gliders used during the crossing of the Rhine, March 1945

 

February 2020 - Part 2

 

5,050 aerial images taken by the United States Army Air Force and Royal Air Force between 1943 and 1945. The images cover locations in:

 

Austria, England, France, Germany, Myanmar and Poland

 

 

Image: Delmenhorst Displaced Persons Camp, Germany, May 1945

February 2020 - Part 1

 

7,035 aerial images taken by the United States Army Air Force and German Air Force between 1941 and 1945. The images cover locations in:

 

Austria, Belgium, England, Federated States of Micronesia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and United States of America.

 

 

Image: Grandrue, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge, December 1944

January 2020

 

7,674 aerial images taken by the United States Army Air Force and Royal Air Force between 1942 and 1946. The images cover locations in:

 

Belgium, China, France, Germany, Laos, Myanmar, The Netherlands, Poland, Solomon Islands and Vietnam.

 

 

Image: Mimoyecques V-3 site, France, after an Allied bombing raid in 1944

V-3 site, Mimoyecques, France.

December 2019

 

7,193 aerial images taken by the United States Army Air Force and German Air Force between 1942 and 1945. The images cover locations in:

 

Austria, Belarus, China, England, Laos, Moldova, Myanmar, Russia, Ukraine and Vietnam.

 

 

Image: Novgorod, Russia, 1942

October 2019 - part 2

 

2,868 aerial images taken by the German Air Force between 1940 and 1943. The images cover locations in:

 

England and Wales

 

 

Image: Plymouth, England, 1941

 

October 2019 - part 1

 

1,659 aerial images taken by the German Air Force between 1940 and 1942. The images cover locations in:

 

England and Wales

 

 

Image: Oil tanks near Swansea, Wales, burning after a bombing raid.

Uploads 2017-2019

 

By September 2019 we had uploaded 33,948 aerial images taken by the USAAF, US Navy and German Air Force between 1940 and 1946. The images cover locations in:

 

Belgium, China, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hawaii, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Myanmar (Burma), the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam and Wales.

 

 

Image: Food packages being dropped into a Japanese POW camp by US Navy Avenger aircraft.

 

View all catalogued NARA imagery

 

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