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Following the advice of UK and Scottish Governments, NCAP has now returned to limited operations in our offices.

We are now able to process orders for not-yet-digitised aerial imagery, to revised delivery timescales.

Essential Maintenance

HES is currently undertaking essential maintenance on our web services. This will limit access to services in the following ways:

- Subscription access for HES online services will be unavailable (Scran, NCAP)

- Image purchasing options will be limited (Canmore, Britain from Above, Scran, NCAP)

- Any enhanced services which require a log in will be unavailable (My Canmore, Britain from Above contributions, Scran contribute)


General access to these services will all continue. Enquiries will still be able to be submitted.

We anticipate services to be restored from Monday 1st February 2021.




Peter Fahy - reconnaissance pilot

Squadron Leader Peter Fahy was a reconnaissance pilot in 16 Squadron, Royal Air Force, during the Second World War. He flew photographic reconnaissance versions of the Supermarine Spitfire aircraft on solo missions over occupied Europe, flying fast and high to evade interception by enemy aircraft. His aircraft carried two vertically-mounted cameras, which he used to take photographs of locations of interest to Allied intelligence.
In the weeks before D-Day, Squadron Leader Fahy, and many other pilots like him, photographed large swathes of the Normandy and Cotentin coastlines of France, which had been selected as the landing beaches for the largest amphibious invasion ever attempted. After returning to base, his photographs were quickly processed and printed, allowing Allied photographic interpreters to examine them in three dimensions using their stereoscopic viewers. A wealth of intelligence on German defensive positions, beach obstacles and terrain features was gleaned from them, to inform Allied planning for D-Day.
In the weeks following the invasion, Squadron Leader Fahy flew missions to take photographs ahead of the advancing Allied forces, to identify key communications links and enemy dispositions. Images from some of his missions are presented below.