Service records for airmen in the Royal Air Force have now been made available online.
The family history website Findmypast, in partnership with The National Archives, has released close to 450,000 service records of men of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force including 342,000 airmen’s records never seen online before.
Findmypast says: “Tales of derring-do brought to life so vividly by W.E. Johns in his Biggles series are well-known, but today’s release tells, for the first time, the stories of the unsung heroes from across the world and from the lower ranks that made up the RAF on its inception.
“The majority of records in this collection date from 1912 with the formation of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and include men who continued to serve in the RAF up until 1939. The earliest records date from 1899 with the Royal Engineers Balloon Service in the Boer War.”