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Great Britain
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Record Description
Record Type Military Service Records
Collection years 1912-1939
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What Is in This Collection?

This collection contains service records of airmen in the Royal Air Force from 1912-1939. It was originally filmed at the National Archives of England under archive reference AIR 79. The index was created by FindMyPast.com.

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What Can these Records Tell Me?

Military Service Records may contain the following information:

  • Name of airman
  • Age at attestation (enlistment)
  • Date of attestation
  • Birth date and place
  • Occupation
  • Marriage date
  • Spouse’s name
  • Children’s names and birthdates
  • Information of closest living relative
  • Religious denomination

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