New records from the RAF


06 March 2021
Forces War Records has added new WWII RAF records to its searchable database.

An exciting collection of records has been added to the Forces War Records database that may contain your WWII Royal Air Force ancestor. A collection of over 178,000 records from the Air Ministry - Casualty Communiques 1939-46 are now available to view online.
Throughout World War II, the Air Ministry regularly published Casualty Communiques through the Ministry of Information which announced, or updated the status of missing Air Force personnel. Once the next of kin had been informed these reports were then released to various newspapers and periodicals of the era including The Times, many Daily Gazettes and magazines such as Flight.

Services covered are:
•    Royal Air Force
•    Royal Australian Air Force
•    Royal Canadian Air Force
•    Royal New Zealand Air Force
•    South African Air Force
•    Royal Indian Air Force
•    Women’s Auxiliary Air Force

The size and scope of WWII records held by Forces War Records makes them a fascinating resource for genealogists. These records cover Armed Forces personnel injured or killed in action, those receiving awards, mention in dispatches or those captured as a PoW.

The Ministry of Defence has a 100-year disclosure rule on service records, this applying to all service post 1921. Although, at Forces War Records there are over 7 million WWII Records. Discover more at



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