Air Ministry, Directorate of Intelligence and related bodies: Intelligence Reports and Papers

AIR 40
Air Ministry, Directorate of Intelligence and related bodies: Intelligence Reports and Papers

This series consists of various intelligence reports, narratives, photographs and surveys of enemy capabilities and reports of operations carried out against the enemy and of interrogation of prisoners of war.

A substantial number of files relate to the Air forces and Commands of the United States Army Air Force. Also included are some records of the Joint Intelligence Bureau of the Ministry of Defence.

Related Material:
Defence Intelligence Staff registered files are in DEFE 31
For the papers of RV Jones, Director of Scientific Intelligence 1952-1953, see DEFE 40
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Physical description:
3132 files and volumes
Access conditions:
Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:
Ministry of Defence , from 1973
Series is accruing
Unpublished finding aids:
A subject index is available in the reading rooms, The National Archives, Kew.
Administrative / biographical background:

The Directorate of Intelligence was responsible for the organisation and co-ordination of all types of air intelligence - military, political and civil - at home and abroad, liaison with Air Attaches and Missions, and questions of security and censorship.

The organisations which, in addition to the Directorate of Intelligence, have been responsible for the records in this series include the Directorates of Air Tactics and Bomber Operations of the Department of the Chief of Air Staff, the Special Investigation Branch (reporting on war crimes), and various commands and other units at home and abroad.

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