Recently, we were contacted by a research associate of LCMSDS, Evert Stieber, who lives in the Netherlands. He has been looking at the large number of geographically-unidentified aerial reconnaissance photos from the Second World War. Evert provided us with a long and detailed list of boxes and photos which he felt he had identified. A quick check on them revealed that he was indeed correct on everything he listed.
This exciting new development highlights a unique way in which our readers can directly impact the quality of our site, and thus our archive. As an archivist, I strive to provide as much information as possible which would be relevant to a potential researcher, so findings such as this are given high value and priority in the daily goings-on of our office. Remember that anyone with access to Google Maps can take a look to see if they can identify geographic features which would locate where a photo, or box of photos, was taken. Credit will always be given to the researcher who makes these discoveries.
The majority of the findings are of Evert’s home country of the Netherlands, including his hometown which he found by accident. The full list of confirmed discoveries are as follows:
- Box 0194 (Flight R4/942) (Dunkirk)
- Box 0329 (Flight 400/1008) (Wesel, Meerbusch, Buderich, etc)
- Box 0193 (Flight 4/931) (Ossendrecht, Hoogerheide, Hopogerheide, Woensdrecht (airfield), Bergen-op-Zoom)
- Box 0207 (Bergen-op-Zoom, Hoogerheide, Ossendrecht, Zandvliet)
- Box 0193 (Flight 4/929) (Isabellahaven, Walcheren Island)
- Box 0194 (Flight R4/974 (Walcheren Island)
- Box 0195 R4/976 (Braakman inlet, Isabella harbour, Leopold canal)
- Box 0203 R4/1036 (Braakman inlet)
- Box 0204 (4/1046 (Breskens, Flushing/Vlissingen)
- Box 0297 R4/1 (Oost-Souburg, Middelburg, Veere)
On behalf of everyone at the LMH Archive, I would like to thank Every Stieber for his fantastic work, and significant contribution to the Second World War Aerial Photo Collection.