Unseen rare photographs of Huntingdonshire’s American airbases during Second World War donated to archive
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Hundreds of previously unseen and rare photographs which give a unique and fascinating insight into life during the Second World War at Huntingdonshire’s American airbases have been donated to an online archive.
Thousands of images have been uploaded to the Imperial War Museum’s American Air Museum website, including one showing King George VI at RAF Alconbury in 1942 and Hollywood actor Clarke Gable at Molesworth.
These amazing photographs are part of a donation of 5,000 images from the Roger Freeman Collection. Mr Freeman, who died in 2005, was a respected aviation historian.
English Heritage has also donated more than 700 aerial photographs taken between 1940 and 1947.
Mike Evans, head of archive at the English Heritage Archive told The Hunts Post: “The aerial photographs are a unique picture of the English landscape at a time when the pressures of war changed it out of all recognition.”
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In October last year, the Imperial War Museum at Duxford received a lottery grant to redevelop the museum and launch an interactive website aimed at creating a digital record of the part the American forces played in England during the conflict.
Jenny Cousins, project leader, American Air Museum, said: “We’d love to see people who worked in aircraft factories or building the airfields adding themselves to our database.
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“Everyone’s experience of war is important to us.”
INFORMATION: To see more images go to www.americanairmuseum.com.