Catalogue description Air Ministry: Air Member for Personnel and predecessors: Airmen's Records

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Details of AIR 79
Reference: AIR 79
Title: Air Ministry: Air Member for Personnel and predecessors: Airmen's Records

This series contains service records for airmen of the Royal Air Force (RAF) who served during the First World War.

The records provide details of previous employment on joining the RAF. This information appears on the forms under 'current engagement'. Some men were serving on the Army or Navy before moving to the Royal Air Force.

PLEASE NOTE: AIR 79 Piece numbers 1 to 3043 inclusive: Electronic images of these records can be searched online through our partner website.

Note: Some AIR 79 records are noted as 'Record Not Available'. There are two reasons for this. Either the individual was commissioned from the ranks and his RAF airmen's record no longer survives, or the airman served after the late 1920s and in many cases into the Second World War and his record is still retained by the Ministry of Defence for business and administrative purposes. In the case of those men who were commissioned, their records may be in AIR 76. The records of those airmen whose service continued into the 1930s and 1940s (where a record of service survives) will be transferred at a later date.
Date: 1901-1944

The records are arranged in service number order and by name of airman.

Related material:

Records of service for RAF officers are in AIR 76

For a name index to airmen's and airwomen's service records, including later service records not yet transferred to The National Archives, see AIR 78

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 3043 file(s)
Access conditions: Open
Immediate source of acquisition:

from 1998 Ministry of Defence

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