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Finding Aid Digitisation Programme 2018

See the global aerial photographic coverage unlocked by our digitised finding aids.

Coverage of NCAP finding aids

Dunkirk 1940

Aerial photographs taken during the evacuation from France.

Aerial photographs of Dunkirk May 1940

The D-Day Landings

D-Day: 6 June 1944.

D-Day Sword beach NCAP-000-000-023-406


Airborne assault on Dutch bridges in September 1944.


NCAP partnered with the Defence School of Photography at this year’s RAF100 Cosford Air Show.

NCAP at RAF Cosford Air Show

How to use OS Finding Aids

How to find not-yet-digitised OS aerial photography of your area of interest in Scotland.

Finding Aids for OS aerial photography

Project ROBIN

Looking over the Iron Curtain.

Aerial photograph of Baniyas, Syria

Aerial Survey of Tehran

The Iranian capital in 1942.

Aerial image of British barracks in Tehran

Hunting the Bismarck

The photograph that sank a battleship.

Bismarck aerial photograph

The South Downs Way

Colour aerial photography of the South Downs Way National Trail.

Aerial photography of South Downs Way National Trail

How to read Finding Aids

How to read sortie plots to find undigitised aerial photographs

Sortie plot


The anatomy of a military airfield.

Leuchars airfield


Aerial photography of the common forms of bridge.

Aerial photography of bridges

Hydro Power Stations

The anatomy of a hydro-electric power station.

Hydro power station aerial photograph


The anatomy of a military camp.

Barracks and military camps on aerial photography

Oil Refinery

The anatomy of an oil refinery.

Fawley oil refinery aerial photograph


The anatomy of a steelworks.

iron and steel plants on aerial photography

Thermal Power Stations

The anatomy of a coal-fired power station.

power station

Nuclear Power Stations

The anatomy of a nuclear power station.

Nuclear power station aerial photography

The Dambusters Raid

Aerial photography of Operation CHASTISE.