Researching Family History has become a popular pastime in recent years as a direct result of the internet. To enable your successors to view a part of your personal family history in the future, why not obtain your own personal RAF Service Record? Past living members of the Armed Forces may now obtain their military service records free of charge.
World War 2 Records and Research
NCOs who were commissioned received new service numbers, although Commonwealth Air Forces tended not to follow this practice.
FOR FURTHER INFO with Service No & place of joining for non-commissioned ranks,
Additional information may be available at this external link:
Abbreviations - A guide to most abbreviations used during WW2 may be found listed on the website below.
For living, retired service officers wishing to obtain their RAF Service Records,·you will need to complete a·Subject Access Request Form, (SAR) and the easiest way to obtain this in order to start the procedure is via the·Veterans - UK website .
http://www.veterans-uk.info/service_records/service_records.html· This same site will also explain the procedure and costs involved should you wish to obtain a deceased family member's record.
http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/FreedomOfInformation/FOIContact/RequestsForAccessToPersonalDataHeldByTheMinistryOfDefence.htm·is the section of the MoD website which also deals with requests for other ranks and Army & Navy records and should give you enough leads to be successful.
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/looking-for-person/officerroyalairforce.htm· is the address of the National Archives , Kew, London .
The Personnel Management Agency (PMA) at HQ RAF Personnel and Training Command, RAF Innsworth, holds the personal files of officers and airmen dating from the inter-war years. Personal files from the First World War are now located at the Public Record Office.
The PMA is not a public record repository, and can only release records of service to the RAF officer or airman concerned, or to next-of-kin. Anyone else must obtain written permission from the person about whom they are enquiring before approaching PMA. A fee of £30 is levied for each record researched.
Enquiries about officers' records of service:
RAF Disclosures, Rm 221b Trenchard Hall, RAF Cranwell, SLEAFORD, Lincs, NG34 8HB
Enquiries about airmen's records of service:
RAF DPA, Rm 220 Trenchard Hall, RAF Cranwell, SLEAFORD, Lincs, NG34 8HB
For records of decorations and citations:
MOD Medal Office, Building 250, AFPAA, RAF Innsworth, Gloucester, GL3 1EZ