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

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Details of AIR 40
Reference: AIR 40
Title: 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.

Date: 1926-1987
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(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 3137 files and volumes
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

From 1973 Ministry of Defence

Accruals: 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Unpublished finding aids: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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