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NARA Digitisation Programme 2019

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.




Over 38,400 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.


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: City of Plymouth, 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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NCAP News: NARA Digitisation Partnership begins