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.

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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
The Cars, Tanks and Airplanes of WWII A collection of resources about vehicles used during the Second World War. Primarily US focussed.