Over 2 million names included on new RAF release from TheGenealogist


28 September 2020
TheGenealogist has released 71 new Air Force Lists with over 2 million searchable names, as well as 385 extra war memorials listing over 31,000 names.

Explore over 2 million searchable names on Air Force Lists

The launch of this resource gives access to 71 new Air Force Lists from 1919 to 1945 with over 2 million searchable names.

Air Force Lists are useful for family history researchers to see when an officer joined the RAF. They can also tell you what the airman’s rank was in different years and, by looking at the letters written after his name in the list, they can tell you what medals your ancestor had been awarded. These join a large run of similar Army and Navy Lists and other military records on TheGenealogist.

Use the records to: 

  • Find ancestors who became officers in the Royal Air Force 
  • Discover their ranks, service numbers and medals awarded
  • See which branch they served in and their dates of posting

War Memorials

With 3,400 new photos in this release, these new records include a number of schools and colleges including the Sevenoaks School where WW1 former pupils who served are recorded as well as casualties and medals awarded to them.

Other schools and colleges included in this release are: The University College School, Hampstead; Merthyr Tydfil County School; Lord Weymouth Grammar School in Warminster, Wiltshire; Leeds, St Anne's RC School; and West Leeds High School. 

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War Memorials for workplaces and sporting organisations can help flesh out an ancestor’s life in revealing their occupation or recreational pursuits. 

Use the records to: 

  • Find ancestors who fought for their country in various conflicts
  • Discover workplaces or organisations that some ancestors were associated with

This release expands TheGenealogist’s military records collection and when used with connected resources, such as the RAF Operations Record Books (ORBs), Aircraft Identification book from 1939, Military Death records, War Memorials and others on TheGenealogist, it can be possible to find out much more than names and dates.

Records available to Diamond subscribers to TheGenealogist. Explore the site here