Imperial War Museum Duxford – Ambitious Historical Project.

duxfordThe Society has been contacted by IWM Duxford, Cambridge, CB22 4QR with regard to a project which they launched in October 2014. In the correspondence they invite our members to take part by providing any information they may have that relates to the American Air Force during the Second World War. (See below).

  1. The American Air Museum website ( seeks to record the stories of American airmen and women based in Britain during the Second World War and the British people they met. The website showcases a collection of thousands of photographs which depict people, planes, places and missions. The website can be added to and edited by anyone who registers, following a very simple sign-up process on the website itself, and is completely free to use.
  2. We expect that the content of the site will be of interest to our membership, as highlights include wartime aerial photography from English Heritage’s archive and many intriguing photographs of US troops socialising with UK civilians. Some people browsing the site have already recognised relatives and friends.
  3. As Melton Mowbray is located only a few miles from Langar and Saltby airfields, they are seeking the help of our members in capturing and recording the local heritage of our area.
  4. The kinds of things which others have done to date include:

-Identifying the people and places shown in the photographs already on their site and adding captions online.

-Scanning a personal photo album or local photograph collection and sharing the pictures on their website.

-Creating a record for a British civilian (a relative or yourself) who has memories of the Americans in Britain and adding their memories and biography to the website.

-Carrying out oral history interviews. {As it is the 70 anniversary of the end of the Second World War this year, perhaps you might consider a bigger project involving the children in your neighbourhood interviewing their grandparents, and uploading the stories they record to the website, getting them enthused about local history in the process}.

Anyone who would like more information. perhaps in hard copy please let me know together with your address details and I will endeavour make sure they are sent to you. Also, IWM Duxford would be very pleased to hear how you find their website.

Posted on behalf of:

James Rossington –

Heritage Marketing Consultant for “The Eighth in the East and IWM Duxford”.


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