The American Air Museum in Britain online preserves the stories of US Army Air Forces personnel who served in Britain during World War II.  It also records memories of British people who befriended US service members who trained and lived in their communities.

Above: The entry for Julius Caesar “JC” Williamson, Jr., who was a turret gunner when he was shot down on May 27, 1944, on a bombing run over rail yards in Amiens, France, in support of the D-Day invasion. He was immediately captured by German soldiers, and imprisoned at Stalag Luft III. Williamson was liberated by American forces from Stalag VII-A at Moosberg on April 29, 1945.

Using the American Air Museum in Britain Online

Search this database and archive for your USAAF service member by name, aircraft, places, mission, units, and visual media.  A project of the Imperial War Museums, this site also encourages users to upload information and photographs related to USAAF family members. This site is free of charge for users and contributors.

Contribute to the American Air Museum in Britain Online

If your USAAF family member is not represented on the site, you can create a profile and upload information and photos. Or you can add more information to an existing profile.

But hurry: the American Air Museum in Britain site will temporarily close to new contributions on June 30, 2022, for a major site upgrade.

Below: an American Air Museum profile page for LTC Elwyn Righetti (1915-1945). Righetti was a noted P-51 Mustang ace and commander of the 55th Fighter Group, Eighth Air Force. He was shot down four days before the war ended, on his 30th birthday.

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(Screenshot image courtesy of Imperial War Museums via an Attribution Non-Commercial license.)