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The American Air Museum’s archive is a rich resource to help put the experiences of your relatives into context.  

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We do not have the resources to give individual responses to requests for family history research. The American Air Museum does not hold personal service records or official documentation. 

Research guides

Our useful guides can help you to find out more about the people, aircraft, places, missions, units, and media which make up your family history.

Personnel of the 303rd Bomb Group visit the local water pump.

Places research guide

Read our guide on how to find out the history of places associated with US forces in Britain

Explore our stories

Your can find more information about some of the events, people and themes recorded in our archive in our stories

Second Lieutenant Clifford McIlveen and his brother First Lieutenant Clarence McIlveen, both of the 385th Bomb Group with a B-17 Flying Fortress, October 1943

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IWM research facilities

IWM's extensive collections reflect people from all walks of life. Our research facilities provide the widest possible access to our collections, including printed material, documents, sound, film, photographs and more

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