Dear Mr. Mason,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 47 files related to the "8th Air Force" and the RAF and 1 series and 46 file units related to the "Eighth Air Force" and the RAF in various Record Groups that may be helpful for your research. Many of these records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog.
We also located the series World War II Combat Operations Reports, 1941-1946 in the Records of the Army Air Forces (Record Group 18) that includes 1,120 files related to the "8th Air Force", 643 files related to the "VIII Bomber Command", and 4 files related to RAF. The series Performance and Statistics Charts, 1943-1945 of the 8th Air Force in Record Group 18 may be of interest to you. The series Missing in Action Reports of the Eighth Air Force, 1943-1945 in the Records of Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, United States Army (World War II) (Record Group 498) and the series Correspondence Files and Unit Histories, 1942-1945 and General Correspondence, 1943-1944 in Record Group 498 include some information about the 8th Air Force as well. In addition, the series Narrative and Statistical Operational Reports of U.S. Army Air Forces in Europe, 1942-1945 in the Records of the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey (Record Group 243) contains reports for the 8th Air Force and its predecessor, the 8th Bomber Command, and we located the series Statistical Operational Reports of the Royal Air Force Bomber and Fighter Commands in Europe, 1941-1945 in Record Group 243. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at email@example.com for more information about these and similar records.
Next, we located numerous photographs related to the 8th Air Force in the 1940s in multiple Record Groups. Many of these records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS) at firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance with these records.
In addition, we located 1 series and multiple moving image files and items in various Record Groups that relate to the 8th Air Force during World War II. Some of these records have been digitized and may be accessed online via the Catalog. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM) at email@example.com with questions about these records.
We also located the Robert S. Raymond Papers (Collection HST-RSR) that documents his experiences in the Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Force during World War II. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the Harry S. Truman Library (LP-HST) at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about these records.
Plus, morning reports for Army Air Force units from November 1, 1912 to August 1947 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For more information about these records, please contact RL-SL via email at email@example.com.
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The Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA) offers an online Eighth Air Force History. We suggest that you contact them directly for additional assistance. The 8th Air Force Historical Society also may be able to provide some guidance, and Pennsylvania State University has an Eighth Air Force Archive, 1939-2009 that may contain some relevant records.
We searched online and located Air Force Combat Units of WWII and Combat Squadrons of the Air Force WWII that provide listings of US Army Air Force units with information about the types of aircraft assigned in given years, and the campaigns in which they participated. You may be able to use these resources to identify specific units in the 8th Air Force that were stationed in Cornwall during the war.
Finally, we located a number of British organizations that might be able to provide further information about the 8th Air Force in the U.K., including the American Air Museum in Britain, the Davidstow Moor RAF Memorial Museum, the Cornwall at War Museum, the Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust (ABCT), the Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum, and The National Archives (United Kingdom).
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Rachael, what an amazing reply.
Thank you so much for taking the time to provide such a detailed and helpful response. I am not a professional historian or researcher, I just happen to live near this old airbase and often walk along the old runways. I am trying to find out which aircrew may have looked from their aircraft nearly eight years ago onto the same hills I do.
The links you have given above will certainly guide my search.
eighty, not eight years ago