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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.




Richard Shirk - Off Duty

Richard Shirk was a professional photographer who served in the US Army Air Force during the Second World War. Attached to the 155th Night Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron after initial training in Colorado, he was based in England where, in his spare time he photographed his local surroundings, landscapes, air force buddies and local people with his personal camera.
His interest in reportage photography continued when the squadron moved to France and then Germany. In addition, he took noteworthy oblique aerial photographs of bomb damaged German cities during a Trolley Trip in May 1945.
Richard Shirk's wartime photographs were presented to NCAP by his daughter, Beth Shirk, in 2012. This gallery presents a selection of images which illustrate his off-duty moments.