Objectives of the Archive

The objectives of the Archive are:

  • to collect and conserve memories, photographs, documents, and artefacts relating to the RAF Path Finder Force of the Second World War;
  • to digitise the material and provide access via the internet to the widest possible audience;
  • to arrange displays with suitable museums to which the public have access, and to loan or donate relevant material to such museums;
  • to promote the use of the archive for education into the British, Dominion, Empire, and Allied wartime heritage.

Former Websites

Our previous websites were the 97 Squadron website, the Black Thursday (16/17 December 1943) website, and the Pathfinders website.

97 Squadron (97squadron.co.uk) was the original website, which began in 2001. It was later joined by the website on Black Thursday (firebynight.co.uk) and the website on the Pathfinders (ww2-pathfinders.co.uk). These websites are no longer online.

All the material on these websites has been retained, and modified versions of most of their pages appear on this new website.

Copyright is retained from the three websites, and for permission to use it, or any new information on this website, please see COPYRIGHT AND PERMISSIONS 


Copyright & Permissions

This website, although not in this particular form, has been going since 2001, an eternity in website years. It showcases material gathered since 1996 on Bomber Command, the Path Finder Force, and the world in which they operated.

Permissions: It has taken many years to collect this material. If you wish to use any of the images or information on this site, please be courteous and contact us to ask for permission. This would never be refused except in the most exceptional circumstances; 9 times out of 10 all we ask for is an acknowledgement.

Copyright for images and text on this site: The Trustees of the RAF Pathfinders Archive.