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An interactive archive of images and information

The American Air Museum website records the stories of the men and women of the US Army Air Forces (USAAF) who served their country from the UK in the Second World War. It also records the memories of the British people who befriended them. Browse, edit and upload your own photographs and memories to help us build an online memorial to their lives.

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  • Getting started

    Hints and tips on using this interactive archive, how to create an account and what to do next

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  • Project partners

    The site has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and individuals in the UK and the US

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  • The Roger Freeman Collection

    The Roger Freeman Collection consists of approximately 15,000 prints and slides

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The Archive

At its peak strength in 1944, USAAF employed 450,000 Americans in Britain. Most of us will immediately think of fighter pilots or bomber crews, but the majority of USAAF’s men and women were engaged on a much wider range of tasks, all of which were necessary to keep the aircraft flying. Nearly 30,000 never made it home. Discover their stories by browsing our archive.

  • People

    Stories of the people who served, and the civilians who remember them.


  • Aircraft

    Explore pages devoted to the individual aircraft flown by the men of the US Army Air Forces.


  • Places

    Find out about the geography of the air war: where people came from, and where they lived and worked.


  • Missions

    Explore the missions that the airmen flew over Europe. Find out where they went and what they did.


  • Units

    Every person belonged to a unit – a group of people organised together to do a job. Find each unit here.


  • Media

    Look at photographs of the Americans in Britain, and add your own to the archive.