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    Hello all,

    Does anyone know if the IWM has many other photos apart from those on their online 'Air Ministry Second World War' collection?
    I'm still searching for photos for RAF Hunsdon based casualties and wondered if the IWM held squadron photos as well as individual ones.

    Jim.
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    Jim.

    They do have a lot of additional images, it requires a lot of cross searching to trace things but well worth a personal visit. You need to book in advance.

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    Hi Jim,

    I can only confirm what Colin already wrote - they have many and many albums but the indexes are not always very detailed and exact so I can also recommend personal visit and personal search in albums. Sometimes you can found there real diamonds (personally I found there about 5 during one half a day) - but you need to spend there quite a lot of time....

    Good luck!

    Pavel
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    I figured out that the online catalogue is not complete rather by accident.

    As an example I can give you this

    http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205225070

    "Copy negatives created from material lent to the musum. Collection depicts the service of J S McLuckie with No. 60 Squadron Royal Air Force in India and Burma, c.1939-1941."

    I happened to get in touch with his son via Flickr website by accident, and the negative collections had some fantastic photographs from his service in INdia during the period - including three rare photographs related to the Indian Air Force. And probably the best collection of photographs of RAF Blenheims in India during that period.

    Now reading the catalog description, one wouldnt think you would run into those in that collection. So I would guess that one needs to search even unrelated collections/albums to find items ..

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    Thanks for your replies chaps.

    Luckily I don't live too far from London so I'll make an appointment to visit in the near future. Are you allowed to copy photos?

    Jim.
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    Jim,

    Hopefully, the "near future" is after July of this year?

    http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-london/closures

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Thanks for the advice Dave, it seems though that the research facilities are accessible as they have been temporarily relocated to the All Saints building in nearby Austral Street.

    http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections-research/research-facilities
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    Jim the photo library has always been in the All Saints Building. You can make photocopies of photos at 10p a shot as I recall but you cannot use cameras.

    Steve

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    Thanks Steve. It's a shame that you can't use cameras but a photocopy is better than nothing.
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    The photo department moved to the present site from the main building about 12 years ago. It is well organised and the staff are knowledgable, well motivated and helpful. You should enjoy your visit.

    Don't miss the chance to trawl the sound archives. Booking is essential for both.

    Bruce
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