Welcome to the IBCC Digital Archive. To get started, you can either use the search box on the left or the following options:

Collections
See all items donated by the same person or organisation.

Subject headings
Entry points for forces, aircraft, groups, squadrons, stations, facilities, roles and trades, decorations, aerial warfare and related concepts, notable people, major events and life experiences in wartime.

Timeline
Start from a 1939-1945 calendar and discover how events unfolded day-by-day, or see together all items about the same date.

Places
Start from a global map and explore the archive geographically.

Aerial photographs
See aerial photographs plotted on a map and access them directly.

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Search among multiple fields, allowing refinements and filters. See also the User guide to ease your search for material. 

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The IBCC Digital Archive Team

Recently Added Items

David Joseph

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David Joseph in pilot's uniform.

Two airmen

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Head an shoulders portrait of two airmen both wearing uniform tunic. The pilot on the left wera a side cap and the airman on the right a peaked cap.…

Two aircrew in Sidcot flying suits

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Two aircrew standing together in front of a hedge. Unknown airman on left and Flight Lieutenant Frank Hugh 'Lofty' Long on right, Lofty taught Leonard…

Leonard Cheshire and five other officers

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Six officers with Leonard Cheshire second from right standing in line in front of a door with Base Operation over it. All wear uniform tunic and four…

Leonard Cheshire and other officers

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Leonard Cheshire stands on the right looking down to right. On his left another air force officer. Both are wearing tropical uniform tunic with pilots…

Leonard Cheshire and seven officers

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Leonard Cheshire is sitting at table on the left looking down with another officer seated alongside to the right. Two officers stand behind Cheshire…

Boys physical training

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Four lines of boys doing physical jerks. To the right and instructor standing on his own. Image is double exposed with faint image of buildings.…

University friends

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Two young men wearing jacket and tie standing in front of a tree. The man on the left holds a book. Reported as two of Cheshire's friends at Oxford.…

Target photograph

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Target photograph showing a small built up area with road running bottom centre right to top right. Numerous tracer lines and flares. Caption 'UYB…