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Samuel L. Batchelder (1908-1991) was affiliated with the US Army Air Forces Intelligence School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and the Joint Photographic Reconnaissance Center in Mendenham, England.




Joint Photographic Reconnaissance Center


bulk 1914-1945


Samuel L. Batchelder, Gift, 1985


9 Cubic feet ((10 boxes))


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Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Aerial photographs

Training manuals

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of historical information on aerial photographic reconnaissance, compiled by the donor, Samuel Batchelder. The bulk of the material is publications, including "The Illustrated War News" (World War I), '"Evidence in Camera" (British Air Ministry), and "Enemy Defences" (Mediterranean Allied Photographic Reconnaissance Command). The collection also includes recognition and training manuals for photographic interpretation, aerial photos of the European Theater of Operations, and damage shots of Allied bombing targets.


Aerial Photographs

Training manuals -- 20th century


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Topics Aeronautics
Aerial photography
Aerial reconnaissance


Aerial Photographic Reconnaissance (Batchelder) Collection, Accession 1986-0005, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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