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Following the advice of UK and Scottish Governments, NCAP has returned to limited operations. We are now able to process orders for not-yet-digitised aerial imagery, to revised delivery timescales.

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 190,600 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.

 

March 2021

 

7,800 aerial images taken by the United States Army Air Force in 1944 and 1945. The images cover locations in:

 

Bahrain, France, Iraq, Iran, Saudia Arabia and Qatar

 

Image: Heavily-bombed railway marshalling yard, Longueau, France, 14 August 1944

November 2020 - Part 2

 

8,200 aerial images taken by the United States Army Air Force in 1944. The images cover locations in:

 

Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and The Netherlands

 

Image: Bombed airfield, Picardy, France, 6 July 1944

November 2020 - Part 1

 

12,450 aerial images taken by the German Air Force between 1940 and 1945. The images cover locations in:

 

Belarus, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom

 

Image: Battle of Stalingrad, Russia, 1 February 1943

October 2020 - Part 4

 

3, 900 aerial images taken by the United States Army Air Force and German Air Force between 1942 and 1945. The images cover locations in:

 

China, France, Germany, Iceland and The Netherlands

 

Image: Tank Review, Iceland, 1 June 1943

October 2020 - Part 3

 

8,679 aerial images taken by the United States Army Air Force and Royal Air Force between 1943 and 1945. The images cover locations in:

 

Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg 

 

Image: Damaged railway bridge, France, 31 August 1944

October 2020 - Part 2

 

6,945 aerial images taken by the United States Army Air Force and Royal Air Force between 1930s and 1945. The images cover locations in:

 

Argentina, Bangladesh, China, France, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, the Solomon Islands, Switzerland and Vietnam

 

Image: Icebergs, Greenland, unknown date

October 2020 - Part 1

 

8,250 aerial images taken by the United States Army Air Force and Royal Air Force between 1943 and 1945. The images cover locations in:

 

Belgium, England, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and The Philippines

 

Image: Bomb-damaged buildings, Darmstadt, Germany, 25 December 1944

September 2020 - Part 2

 

4,610 aerial images taken by the United States Army Air Force between 1943 and 1945. The images cover locations in:

 

Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands and The Philippines

 

Image: Bombardment of Caraboa Island, Philippines, April 1945

 

September 2020 - Part 1

 

9,899 aerial images taken by the United States Army Air Force and Royal Air Force between 1941 and 1951. The images cover locations in:

 

Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, The Philippines, Poland, United Kingdom and United States of America

 

Image: Junkers factory and labour camp, Zalom, Poland, 26 June 1944

August 2020

 

7,687 aerial images taken by the United States Army Air Force and Royal Air Force between 1936 and 1945. The images cover locations in:

 

Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Myanmar, Serbia and Slovakia

 

Image: Bombing raid, Budapest, 18 September 1944

July 2020 - Part 2

 

7,590 aerial images taken by the United States Army Air Force between 1943 and 1945. The images cover locations in:

 

Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Philippines and The Netherlands.

 

Image: Fishing nets, Philippines, 22 February 1945

July 2020 - Part 1

 

3,147 aerial images taken by the United States Army Air Force and the Royal Air Force between 1941 and 1944. The images cover locations in:

 

Belgium, England, France, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands.

 

Image: Allied gliders in tow during Operation Market Garden, The Netherlands, 18 September 1944

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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