Air Force Records: A Guide for Family Historians

Air Force Records: A Guide for Family Historians

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By (author) William Spencer

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  • Publisher: The National Archives
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 242mm x 16mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Richmond
  • ISBN 10: 1905615256
  • ISBN 13: 9781905615254
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 40 b/w Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 765,575

Product description

This practical and accessible guide shows how to explore British air forces - and ancestors who served in them - through the wealth of material at the National Archives and elsewhere. Thoroughly revised and updated, it covers air forces as varied as the Royal Engineers Balloon Section, the Royal Flying Corps, the RAF and WRAF, Fleet Air Arm, Glider Pilot Regiment and Royal Naval Air Service, in campaigns spanning the Boer War and two World Wars to Korea, Kenya and Suez. Written by a military specialist who served in the Fleet Air Arm, it considers all aspects of air force records, from operational record books and unit war diaries to individual service records, medal rolls, gallantry awards and casualty lists.

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Author information

William Spencer has been the military specialist at London's National Archives since 1996. He served in the Fleet Air Arm for 13 years, including active service with 848 Squadron in the South Atlantic, and holds an MA in War Studies from the prestigious Department of War Studies at King's College, London. He is the author of the bestselling Medals: The Researcher's Guide (The National Archives, 2006), Family History in the Wars (2007), and two other flagship titles for the new series, Army Records and First World War Army Service Records (2008),

Table of contents

Air Force Records draws on an insider's knowledge to chart the online releases of records such as: * Medal Index cards * World War II Unit Diaries * London Gazette * Repatriated prisoners of war (World War I and II) debriefs * Courts martialand shows how to use them in your own research. Whether you are tracing an ancestor, squadron, airbase or campaign, this is an invaluable guide to Britain's air forces and the thousands who served in them.