On 3 January 2018 we were officially registered as a charity after 16 years of this website being run privately. The name we chose was the RAF Pathfinders Archive, or RPA. The seeking of charitable status was to ensure the future of the material which we have amassed, which so many kind people have donated freely.
The Archive’s resources are mainly digital items and paper-based items such as photographs, private correspondence, official documents, and wartime publications. The most valuable artefacts, such as medals, are on long-term loan to our partners, the Pathfinder Collection at RAF Wyton, who have an excellent museum at what used to be the main Pathfinder airfield.
We are most grateful for the donation or loan of any relevant material. Please see this page for what we are looking for: Collecting Material for the Archive. Our aim is to present the material in interesting, accessible and informative ways, whilst also ensuring its long-term future.
The Archive is an educational resource run by highly committed volunteers. By supporting us, you will help fund the Archive for future generations. Please SUPPORT US in our work.
Image: RNZAF cadets on way to Canada (courtesy of Kevin Menzies).