The Pathfinders & the World they Knew


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.

Registered Charitable Objects & Activities

Charitable Objects: to advance the education of the public by the establishment and maintenance of an archive of material comprising photographs, documents, artefacts and memoires relating to the RAF Pathfinders of WWII; to digitise the material and provide public access via the internet and to arrange displays with, and loan or donate material to, suitable museums for the purpose of public education.

Activities: advances education about WWII RAF Pathfinder aircrew via such items as photographs, letters, flying logbooks, prisoner of war logbooks, personal belongings, medals, official RAF documents, and wartime publications. These artifacts are either directly related to the Pathfinders, or are used as an illustration of the wider context in which the Pathfinders and Bomber Command functioned.


The Archive’s resources are mainly digital or paper (photographs, documents, and wartime publications). The more valuable physical artifacts, 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. Our aim is to present the material in interesting, accessible and informative ways, whilst also ensuring its long-term future.

Support Us

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.

Charity Registration and Contact Details:

Registered Charity Number: 1176507

Registered Office: Pathfinder Office, The Pennys, Winforton, Herefordshire HR3 6EA


Images on this page are Norman McIntyre (courtesy of John Kuss), Deverill crew (RPA), RNZAF cadets on way to Canada (courtesy of Kevin Menzies).


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