Royal Navy: Second World War Aerial Reconnaissance (Scotland)

Scope and Content

Oblique aerial images of locations in Scotland taken in August 1942 by Royal Navy aircraft. They are of the Islands of Orkney, Sanday, Westray and Eday. No sortie plots held.

Administrative / Biographical History

These photographs were taken from a Fairey Swordfish aircraft flying out of the Royal Navy (RN) airfield at Hatston, Kirkwall, Orkney.

Access Information

Open. Electronic copies accessible via NCAP website, search room and Paid Search Service.

Other Finding Aids

Electronic index accessible on NCAP website.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Aerial prints. Prints are 5 x 5 inch (128 x 128mm) in size.

Conditions Governing Use

Standard licence terms for use apply.

Custodial History

Formerly held by the Scottish Office. Within the Scottish Office it was held by the Department of Health for Scotland until its 1962 transfer to the Scottish Development Department. Within these departments it was held by the entity variously known as the Air Photograph Library / Air Photographs Unit. The collection was transferred to RCAHMS in 1993.


RCAHMS (2000), Catalogue of the RAF World War II photographs in the National Monuments Record of Scotland,Scotland from the Air 1939049, volume 2, ISBN 1-902419-19-7

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