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WWII Aerial Photo Archive to Go Online

Sat Jan 17, 2004

A huge British archive of World War II aerial reconnaissance photos,

including pictures of the D-Day landings in Normandy, is to go on the

Internet on Monday.

Slideshow: World War 2 Aerial Reconnaissance Photos Go Online

Under the digitalization project announced Saturday, some 5 million

Royal Air Force photos of Western Europe will be available to the

public on the Web site http://www.evidenceincamera.co.uk , archivists

said. The site did not appear to be accessible on Saturday.

"These images allow us to see the real war at first hand - as if we

are RAF pilots," said Allan Williams, head of the Aerial

Reconnaissance Archives project at Keele University in north-central


The photos, a key source of intelligence for Allied commanders during

the war, include American troops landing in Normandy on D-Day, the

effects of the bombing of Cologne, Germany, and the German battleship

Bismarck being hunted by the Royal Navy.

The pictures were transferred to Keele University in 1962 from the

Allied Central Interpretation Unit, where wartime analysts studied the

material collected by reconnaissance crews. The collection is the

property of the national Public Records Office on permanent loan to

the university.

Before the digitalization, using the photo archive had meant a manual

search through thousands of boxes.

The Aerial Reconnaissance Archives, known as TARA, expects later to

release of 2.5 million Luftwaffe German air force reconnaissance

photographs of Eastern Europe seized by the Allies at the end of the war.

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