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A valuable collection of the serving officers of the Royal Air Force including the Reserve and Auxiliary Air Force.

As the junior service - the Royal Air Force was born from the merger of the Royal Flying Corp and the Royal Naval Air service in 1918.  Its role in the inter-war years became increasingly important as it helped to maintain Britain's strategic interests from the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf and east to India.

These detailed lists feature the Air Ministry, the Air Council and all officer ranks from Air Marshal to Pilot Officer featuring name, rank, date of seniority, unit and location.  Additional information includes medical staff, nurses and chaplains, decorations and awards and a list of holders of the Victoria Cross.  Every branch of the Royal Air Force at that time is represented  as well as Civilian Staff.

The many records generally include:

All officer ranks - Air-Marshals, Air Vice-Marshals, Group Captains, Wing Commanders, Squadron Leaders, Flight Lieutenants, Flying Officers, Pilot Officers, Decorations, Orders and Awards, Roles and Duties.

R.A.F. Commands Overseas, Units and Wings

Department of the Air Member for Personnel (includes deputies for Personnel, Organisation and Medical Services)
Department of the Air Member for Supply and Research

Squadron and Units List including;
Stations and Establishments
Flying Training Schools
Auxiliary Air Force Squadrons
R.A.F. Reserve
General List
Medical Branch
Royal Air Force Nursing Service
Dental Officers
Retired List
Relinquishments and Resignations
Records of Announcements appearing in the London Gazette

And many other branches

As the Air Ministry evolved new sections were added like Schools and Colleges, Airship works, Armament and Gunnery School, the Armoured Car Wing, Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment and many others.

The contents of the Royal Air Force Lists are an invaluable source for family history research and should not be overlooked as the Air Ministry provided records for many of the sections of the armed forces.



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