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NCAP Features

NARA Digitisation Programme

See the aerial photography made accessible every month.

D-Day imagery digitised at NARA

Missing in Action

Learn how NCAP aerial photographs are helping to locate lost service personnel.

Crash site of P-47 Thunderbolt

Finding Aid Digitisation Programme 2019

See the global aerial photographic coverage unlocked by our digitised finding aids.

Coverage of NCAP finding aids

How to use Second World War finding aids

How to find not-yet-digitised aerial photography from the Second World War.

Second World War reconnaissance missions

Plotting and Reporting

Recording the coverage of aerial photographs: Banda plots, Interrogation Reports and Pilot's Traces.

Banda plotting machine

Dunkirk 1940

Aerial photographs taken during the evacuation from France.

Aerial photographs of Dunkirk May 1940

The Dambusters Raid

Aerial photography of Operation CHASTISE.


The D-Day Landings

D-Day: 6 June 1944.

D-Day Sword beach NCAP-000-000-023-406

Operation CROSSBOW

Aerial photographic hunt for German secret weapons.


Airborne assault on Dutch bridges in September 1944.

How to read Finding Aids

How to read sortie plots to find not-yet-digitised aerial photographs

Sortie plot

How to use OS finding aids

How to find not-yet-digitised OS aerial photography of your area of interest in Scotland.

Finding Aids for OS aerial photography

Project ROBIN

Looking over the Iron Curtain.

Aerial photograph of Baniyas, Syria

Hunting the Bismarck

The photograph that sank a battleship.

Bismarck aerial photograph


The anatomy of a military airfield.

Leuchars airfield


Aerial photography of the common forms of bridge.

Aerial photography of bridges

Hydro Power Stations

The anatomy of a hydro-electric power station.

Hydro power station aerial photograph


The anatomy of a military camp.

Barracks and military camps on aerial photography

Oil Refinery

The anatomy of an oil refinery.

Fawley oil refinery aerial photograph


The anatomy of a steelworks.

iron and steel plants on aerial photography