27 July 2012
The service records of the first 320,000 airmen (other ranks) to serve with the Royal Air Force (RAF) and its predecessors, the R
The service records of the first 320,000 airmen (other ranks) to serve with the Royal Air Force (RAF) and its predecessors, the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service, are now searchable by name following a successful cataloguing project.
Staff and volunteers at The National Archives (TNA) have added full names to the service numbers listed in the AIR 79 series, containing the records of airmen who served in WWI.
Previously, it was only possible to search the index of airmen on microfilm in the reading rooms at TNA.
The records, which are orderable at TNA, are rich in detail and contain everything from hair colour to marital status, as well as details of service.
The records of RAF officers are in the series AIR 76 and these are already easy to identify and consult as they are not only in name order, they are also online.