Collecting Material for the Archive

We collect material on the Pathfinders and their world, publish items from the Archive on social media, this website, or in printed publications, and liaise with other bodies with Pathfinder material, either to arrange displays or to pool information.

We are always delighted to have new information about aircrew, ground personnel, RAF stations, and our other key subjects. If you have something you would like to share, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Commemoration at Den Burg, Texel, December 2020. Photograph by Michelle van Bennekom, sent by Jan Nieuwenhuis.


The type of material already posted on this website can be seen in the CATEGORIES list in the right-hand menu, or at the end of the page if you are using a tablet or mobile.

We are always on the look out for new material or a fresh viewpoint. The following is not an exhaustive list but will give a general idea of what we are looking for

Photographs, documents and information relating to:

  • Pathfinder aircrew
  • Ground personnel serving on Pathfinder stations
  • The experiences of the families and friends of Pathfinder aircrew and ground personnel
  • Aircraft losses, accidents, ditchings, baling-out
  • Aircrew mascots, superstitions, religion, aircrew morale and LMF
  • Bomber Command as the force in which the Pathfinders operated
  • The RAF – Public Relations, Medical Services, Intelligence, etc
  • The training units, including those overseas in Canada, the USA and South Africa
  • Prisoners of War
  • Evaders
  • General wartime context which sets the background to the Pathfinders’ war