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Guest post: Join an airfield archaeology training day at IWM Duxford

By Eighth in the East on 02/07/2015

Participants in an Eighth in the East archaeology training day get to grips with the ambulance garage and mortuary building at Shipdham airfield, Norfolk.

Guest post: Eighth in the East urge you to come along to IWM Duxford on 26 July to learn how to record and preserve your local airfield.

Guest post: Laurie Atkins uncovers life stories behind USAAF memorials

By Usxpat on 01/07/2015

Parish Church of Rumburgh, St Michael & St Felix. In the church there is a plaque erected by the people of Rumburgh to commemorate the crew of B-24 "Nature's Nymph," 42-51116 (UPL 15147).

In the second in our series of guest posts we are thrilled to introduce Laurie Atkins, who has been recording the details of memorials in Norfolk and Suffolk over recent years and is now sharing her findings with the AAM:

My time with the AAM website project

By Rossingtonj on 23/06/2015

James (in the foreground) and Carl in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

James Rossington has been working as an Eighth in the East-supported intern at IWM Duxford for the past five months, helping to market the American Air Museum website to a wide range of audiences.

Aircraft on the move around IWM Duxford

By Jenny on 29/05/2015

Here’s an update on when the aircraft will be moving back into the American Air Museum if you were thinking of planning a visit to IWM Duxford to coincide with the movement of a particular aircraft.

As part of the redevelopment project, the aircraft and vehicles were removed from the American Air Museum and relocated in other buildings on site in April and May. They are now being condition-checked and, where necessary, conserved before being re-displayed in the American Air Museum when it re-opens in Spring 2016.

Guest post: Lee Cunningham talks NARA Mission Reports

By Lee8thbuff on 28/05/2015

A bombed town, photographed by an airman of the 344th Bomb Group (FRE 7180)

This is the first of a series of guest posts by regular contributors to the American Air Museum website. We are delighted to introduce Mr Lee Cunningham of Albuquerque:

Problems viewing the image gallery?

By Lucy May on 22/05/2015

Captain Marvin Tipp and Second Lieutenant John E Murray study photos of an impending 385th Bomb Group target (FRE 1390)

A bit of advice about getting the new image gallery to work on your browser.

Nuts and bolts of the website

By Lucy May on 06/05/2015

Technical Sergeant Lester A. Reifeiss and Sergeant Jasper Taylor of the 84th Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, get to grips with a Thunderbolt engine (FRE 285)

An introduction to what you can hope for from the AAM blog and news of features now part of the website: adding pdfs and embedding film and audio clips.

AAM Website Launch Event

By Lucy May on 01/10/2014

The AAM website home page at launch.

On 30 September we launched the new AAM website at an event at IWM Duxford.

A Tale of Two Cities (and Two Research Projects)

By Jenny on 01/08/2014

Students from Seattle's Northwest School performing 'Crates of Thunder' at Bethnal Green Academy

Students from Seattle's Northwest School performing 'Crates of Thunder' at Bethnal Green Academy, London.

Although work on building the new website and preparations for this year’s Summer Residency for teachers have been keeping the American Air Museum team very busy of late, we were thrilled to be able to spend a day with students and teachers from Bethnal Green Academy in East London and The Northwest School in Seattle last week.

Cataloguing the Roger Freeman Collection

By AAM on 24/07/2014


One of the photos in the Roger Freeman Collection that was in need of cataloging (FRE 4462)

We have been combing through Roger Freeman’s photographic collection and gathering as much information as we can on each picture in the collection. We have then written up a digital record entry attached to a digital copy of each photograph. In September, the first 3,000 of these 15,000 images will be available to view and download from the new AAM website. Each photo will have its accompanying information, whether that's on the front of the print or on its reverse – doubly important as the reverses have not been digitized – displayed with the picture for easy viewing. This will be combined with any details pertinent to the photograph we have researched or gleaned from Roger Freeman’s paper archive. Now, to show you what that means in practice, I’ll cheat slightly and use a picture processed a few weeks ago to explain the procedure.