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WoodfortheTrees Report 30 Mar 2014 14:44

My father in law has recently died .My husband will inherit everything and we have been looking through photographs> We have discovered a tin containing photos from the late 1940's early 50's, some of them taken during f-I-l National Service in the RAF based at Little Rissington the rest taken around Essex where he was born. I was wondering if there is any site where I could gain any more information about these photos. Thank you for any help you can give


KathleenBell Report 30 Mar 2014 14:54

Perhaps you could get in touch with the Friends of Little Rissington at this site:-

Perhaps they could help you identify some of the places/people in your photographs.

Kath. x


WoodfortheTrees Report 30 Mar 2014 15:18

Thank you Kathleen I will try that .Does any one know if Essex has a Historical Society


KathleenBell Report 30 Mar 2014 15:35

There is this:-

or this:-

If you Google you will probably find even more.

Kath. x


WoodfortheTrees Report 30 Mar 2014 16:42

Thanks for all of this, I will have a look


KenSE Report 31 Mar 2014 07:50 is for one of the USA Essexes.

If you want to find out about specific villages then this site is quite good:


DazedConfused Report 31 Mar 2014 10:42

A little bit of advice about these photos.

Where possible if not already done, do write on the back who, what, where and when.
And scan them all to your computer, that way you will never lose them. And you can then, play around with them as well.

I was loaned a load of family photos and have scanned them all, and made 'portrait' copies from group photos as well. So useful to attach to trees. Love having a photo of a family member makes the tree look so much more personal.

The RAF museum at Hendon may also be able to offer help. If you do not live to far away could be a good place to arrange a visit and guidance on the photos. ;-)


WoodfortheTrees Report 6 Apr 2014 09:55

Thank you DC have not been on this site for a while as there is still so much to sort out .Have scanned some of the photos and shown them to family members who are enjoying reminiscing and trying to identify them .I will try the sites suggested and see if any else has any memories. A good reason to write on photos as we do not know who many of the people in them are


Slartibartfast Report 20 Apr 2014 18:12

The best way to deal with old photographs is to take a photo of them with a good digital SLR camera using the RAW format.
This will allow them to be edited using the full range of tools available in professional programs such as Adobe Photoshop.
Scanning them will only give you limited capability.


Ricochet Report 21 Apr 2014 14:55

You could also try Forcesreunited and search by location (RAF Little Rissington) and the years of your father-in-law's national service

You may be lucky enough to find someone on there who knew him, and, by default, his comrades