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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.

11 comments

  1. sharath xavier says:

    My Grandfather served in RAF for a long time he was from india his records is missing in RAF and IAF records also his name is A.J. Anthony /A.Joseph Anthony (35880). I Need his records, so i request some one to please help me.
    Thanks in Advance.

    1. Liz Bryant (Admin) says:

      Hi Sharath,

      Thanks for your comment.

      We can’t answer research requests on Archives Media Player, but if you go to our ‘contact us’ page at http://nationalarchives.gov.uk/contact/ you’ll see how to get in touch with our record experts by email or live chat.

      Best of luck with your research.

      Kind regards,

      Liz.

  2. Kenneth Norman Dobson says:

    Service records for my father Peter Lionel Dobson dob 07/05/1925 Royal Airforce

    Service records for my Uncle Norman James John Dobson Royal Airforce 1331818,90 sqdn

    1. Liz Bryant (Admin) says:

      Hi Kenneth,

      Military service records after 1923 are kept by the Ministry of Defence. You can find details here: https://www.gov.uk/get-copy-military-service-records

      There’s more information on our website on what records we do have (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/start-here/what-we-have/) and what we don’t have (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/start-here/what-we-dont-have/).

      If you go to our ‘contact us’ page at http://nationalarchives.gov.uk/contact/ you’ll see how to get in touch with our record experts by email or live chat.

      Best regards,

      Liz.

  3. Howard says:

    Hi, I would like to know what information is held regarding my time in the RAF, my service number is A8197369

    1. Liz Bryant (Admin) says:

      Hi Howard,

      Military service records after 1923 are kept by the Ministry of Defence. You can find details here: https://www.gov.uk/get-copy-military-service-records

      There’s more information on our website on what records we do have (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/start-here/what-we-have/) and what we don’t have (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/start-here/what-we-dont-have/).

      If you go to our ‘contact us’ page at http://nationalarchives.gov.uk/contact/ you’ll see how to get in touch with our record experts by email or live chat.

      Best regards,

      Liz.

  4. Maureen Henderson says:

    more information of my father R A F records service number 1357950 LAC Gunner service 31 7 40 to 28 3 46 Thank you

    1. Liz Bryant (Admin) says:

      Hi Maureen,

      Thanks for your comment.

      We can’t answer research requests on Archives Media Player, but if you go to our ‘contact us’ page at http://nationalarchives.gov.uk/contact/ you’ll see how to get in touch with our record experts by email or live chat.

      Best of luck with your research.

      Kind regards,

      Liz.

  5. 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.

      We can’t answer research requests here, but if you go to our ‘contact us’ page at http://nationalarchives.gov.uk/contact/ you’ll see how to get in touch with our record experts by email, live chat or phone.

      Best regards,

      Liz.

  6. 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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