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Royal Air Force service records

Last year saw the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the Royal Air Force. The records of thousands of men (and women) who served in the RAF and its predecessors during the First World War are held by The National Archives. This talk will demonstrate how you can use these records to find out more about your ancestors’ lives in this pioneering branch of the armed services.


  1. Evie yarnold says:

    i would like to find out my late husbands RAF service number, he served 22 years in the RAF, last posting was Stafford, and finished his service in August 1970I think, can you help me with this please??? His name was Jack Rowland Scoffin, rank Sargent

    1. Liz Bryant (Admin) says:

      Hi Evie,

      Thanks for your comment.

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  2. Janet W. Friday says:

    how do I find out what my late father did in the raf during the war and after without paying a fortune for a service I don’t want. Although I do not have his dates (birth and death) he had an unsual middle name. I have no one to ask as my parents divorce when I was very young and he was Not mentioned!

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