We love being part of a team that brings an archive together in a new way and for the first time. So we were thrilled, delighted and lots of other adjectives to be appointed by the American Air Museum to work on a huge digital archive project for them.
The American Air Museum (which is part of the Imperial War Museum Duxford) and the mN team will work closely to create a digital record of memories and stories of American Air Forces personnel who served their country in England, from the Second World War to modern day.
The site will largely be based around the Roger Freeman Collection, a compilation of over 15,000 prints and slides which captures the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) both off-duty and in combat situations.
The really lovely thing about the project is that it will surface many never-seen-before images and offer the public a chance to share their own memories too. It may be that relatives see images of their loved ones that they’ve never seen before, or that we hear for the first time about special encounters members of the public had with Air Forces personnel during the Second World War.
With another trip down to IWM Duxford planned for this week, we’ll share more details as the project develops and hope that you’ll get involved if you have any relevant stories to share.
Image: Left to right: Technical Sergeant Lester A Reifeiss (1918–1979) and Sergeant Jasper ‘JD’ Taylor (1920–1976) of the 78th Fighter Group repair a P-47 Thunderbolt at Duxford. Image copyright IWM Roger Freeman Collection.