Aviation Heritage Trail


Need more information? Try using one of these links. We can’t guarantee that you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for nor, if you do, that the information will be consistently and completely accurate. But, equally, the net has now become an essential research tool. These links should, at least, save you some time as you navigate your areas of interest. If you want to engage the services of a freelance aviation or military researcher, we suggest you Google this phrase, adding an indication of your particular area of interest. You should be aware that research costs can be considerable if a substantial amount of research is required.

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United Kingdom    
Graves/Memorials – General    
  Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  Commonwealth War Cemeteries in Belgium & France
  Roll of Honour
Graves/Memorials – Places    
  Devon War Memorials List of war memorials throughout the county with transcriptions.
  East Lancashire War Memorials Locations and transcriptions
  Kent War Memorials Transcription Project
  North East War Memorials Project
  Shropshire War Memorial Listing of memorials plus transcriptions.
  Wolverhampton War Memorials Full details and transcriptions of names.
  Worcester: Memorials + inscriptions in and around Worcester
  Remember the Fallen Details of UK war memorials with listings of names.
  UK War Memorial Inventory
  Aircrew Association Lists over 2,000 members who have died since 2006
  Aircrew Remembrance Society
  Awards and citations Public notices contained in The Gazette.
  RAF Bomber Command Losses (Chorley): Amendments & Additions
  RAF Bomber Crew
  RAF Commands Forum-based site.
  RAF Prisoners of War Index Not much biographical detail, but does include a record of the camp held.
  Royal Air Force’s Register of Associations Comprehensive listing of links for squadron, base, etc. associations.
  UK crash records Details of all aviation-related crashes in the UK (and elsewhere).
  Aviation Trails A trail around Britain’s historical airfields many lost to developers or mother nature herself. Come along on a voyage of discovery and nostalgia.
  British Aviation Archaeological Council The official national body in the United Kingdom for aviation archaeologists and researchers of historic aircraft crashes.
  British Newspaper Archive
  English Heritage: National Monuments Record Some records online. Catalogue searchable.
  Flight Magazine Searchable database of every issue from 1909.
  London Gazette online Details of promotions, awards, etc.
  National Archives Many records are not yet online, but the catalogue is fully searchable.
  Access to Archives What’s available in local collections
  Cambridge University Aerial Photo Collection
  Cambridgshire Library
  Cambridgeshire Collection
  UK Airfields A selection of photographs from airfields in the UK and further afield.
  Airfield Research Group The charity Airfield Research Group has a large 20th century military architecture archive along with the Alconbury Heritage Collection. Access to the archive is by prior arrangement.

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  Australian War Memorial: Roll of Honour
  Register of War Memorials in New South Wales
Also contains searchable database for names.
  South Australia & Northern Territory War Memorials
Contains searchable database for memorials by town, then gives names inscribed.
  War Memorials of Western Australia
  World War Two Nominal Roll
The site contains information from the service records of some one million individuals who served during World War Two.
  National Archives of Australia Excellent source of service records – if they have been digitised.


  Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Comprehensive archive with many photos.
  Bomber Command Museum of Canada
  Virtual Memorial
  Canada at War
  Canadian National Archives Searchable index of library and archive collections.
  Canadian Wings History & heritage of Canada’s Air Force.
  Library and Archives Canada Provides access to all Canadian military service records during WW2 of those who died. Some of the records have been digitised.
  RCAF Association Includes details of honours and awards given to all RCAF Bomber Command personnel and often includes substantial detail of their service and operational records.


  Kracker Archive – Luftwaffe Pilot Database Comprehensive source of pilot information.


New Zealand    
  Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Database
  New Zealand War Graves Project Well-designed and useful site.
People New Zealand Rolls of Honour Very useful site with locations and transcriptions of many NZ memorials


  American Battle Monuments Commission Operates and maintains US military memorials and cemeteries. |
  American Air Museum Tremendous resource of archive photos and personal stories.
  Aviation Archaeological Investigation & Research Searchable database.
  Eighth in the East, The: Exploring the Legacy of the USAAF Excellent site with an emphasis on aviation archaeology.
  Library of Congress Luftwaffe UK target photos