View post-war Scotland from the air

Aerial view of Beauly Firth
Aerial view of Beauly
Firth, 1944.

Air photographs of Scotland taken during and after the Second World War have joined our extensive online maps collection.

The 'Ordnance Survey Air Photo Mosaics of Scotland, 1944-1950' provide detailed information on the Scottish post-war landscape.

You can search for photos by place-names or by using a zoomable map of Scotland. A Google maps overlay lets you compare them with present-day air photography and mapping.

Taken by the Royal Air Force, mostly from Spitfire and Mosquito fighter planes, these mosaics were intended for reconstruction and planning after the war. The photographs represent Ordnance Survey's first widespread use of aerial survey methods in Scotland.

22 October 2009



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