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A Glimpse into the Roger Freeman Collection

By Lucy May on 14/05/2013

One of the portraits on display is that of Sergeant Charles R Lahey (1923–1944), of the Medical Corps. He carries a laundry bundle out from the officers' quarters at Molesworth air base, 1942 (FRE 1026).

The American Air Museum has taken over the temporary exhibition area in AirSpace at IWM Duxford. Until December 2013, images from the Roger Freeman Collection are on display as part of the mini-exhibition 'Somewhere in England’.

The 24 portraits showcase Americans who served with the USAAF in the UK during the Second World War. Each of the men and women has been researched by the AAM team in an effort to build a picture of their lives before and after the Second World War.

Christmas Cheer and January Graft

By Lucy May on 20/12/2012

Christmas decorations add festive cheer to the 353rd Fighter Group’s tally of enemy ‘kills’ on the wall of the Officers Club at Raydon airfield, December 1944 (FRE 373).

Merry Christmas from the AAM Team! And here's hoping your January is nowhere near as cold or arduous as it was for this pair of ground crew:

New team member and the Roger Freeman Collection

By Lucy May on 28/08/2012

An example of a digital image we received this week from Max Communications Ltd: Three P-51D Mustangs from the 369th Squadron of the 359th Fighter Group photographed over England on November 14, 1944. Front to back: IV-P 44-14543 “Precious Pat” of Capt. Gilbert R. Ratson, IV-Z 44-15007 of Lt. Thomas J Klem and IV-D 44-15394 of Lt. Rene L. Burtner

Introducing the newest AAM team member, Lucy May Maxwell:

Can you help?

By Jenny on 05/04/2012

The bride and bridesmaids at the wedding of Corporal Milton R Holley of the 401st Bomb Group: Phyllis, Margaret, Iris, Mary (FRE 6556).

We are undertaking research to fill gaps in our collection and our knowledge and are particularly interested to hear from people who can help us with any of the following areas:

New treasures

By Jenny on 08/09/2011

The AAM team left their trusty home behind to seek new treasures from the collections store.

Over the years since the American Air Museum opened in 1997, former American airmen and their families have occasionally gifted their mementoes to the museum. Currently, there is not much space to display small objects, but this is one of the things that we hope to remedy through our project, so that more individual stories can be told with these personal objects.

And so we begin...

By Jenny on 08/09/2011

Hello and welcome to the first posting on our brand new project website (Ed: This refers to the old AAM project micro-site). We plan to bring you news from the project as it develops. Over the next few months we will be researching the stories that we will be featuring in the redisplayed museum, as well as revisiting past research on the remarkable aircraft in our collection. Do check back and see how we are getting on.

Jenny (Project Leader), Holly (Learning Officer) and Greg (Website Officer)