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Royal Air Force Airmen Records, 1918-1940

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Ancestry in association with Fold3 have added a very useful data-set for those with Royal Air Force ancestors. The series comprises records of Airmen serving in the Royal Air Force during the years 1918 up to, and including, 1940.

The Royal Air Force (RAF) was founded on 1 April 1918, when the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) were joined together. All ranks of both the RFC and RNAS were transferred over to the RAF plus there were a high number of new entrants at this time. The RFC and RNAS ceased to exist after this date.


RAF Service RecordsThe records offered in this new data-set include the following details ….

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Age
  • Place of Birth
  • Date of Service
  • Service Number
  • Name of Mother
  • Name of Father
  • Name of Spouse

Original Records

The original records are held at The National Archives (TNA), Kew, London and their source number there is AIR 79. TNA have an excellent online guide – click here. An ancestor who served in the RFC or RNAS as well as the RAF may have service records in more than one place. There are a number of other guides online at the TNA website for the RFC and RNAS, all linked from the RAF page.


Fold3 is the web’s premier collection of original military documents, with hundreds of millions of records about the men and women who served in American, British, Australian and New Zealand forces. Fold3 is owned by and can be added onto a subscription at a reduced rate. The website can also be subscribed separately.

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