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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Looking for records after 1921 including WW2?

    Looking for post 1921, WW2 or more modern RAF service records? See the sticky about how to apply for them that I posted, click HERE Pam has pointed out that FMP has a rather useful blog post about early RAF records from between the 2 Wars HERE

    Started by Lesley Robertson‎, 20-04-2014 12:22 PM
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: FWR Members Please Read

    Those members of Forces War Records who have clicked on Free Forum should be aware that they are now on the British Genealogy Forum. This forum is owned by FWR, but is a separate entity, and existed for some years before FWR took it over in 2013. Members should be aware when posting on British...

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 27-02-2014 3:08 PM
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  1. Flight Sergeant A Howell.

    New to forum and looking for anyone who has any possible information on my grandfather A. Howell. He was a Flight Sergeant and served at RAF Upwood, l believe in a training role and having served with The Buffs and RFC WW1 was around 54/55 years of age in 1944. I have looked at crew records and...

    Started by JeffreyH‎, 26-04-2016 9:24 PM
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  2. RAF Padgate (SRC Padgate)

    I have recently received my paternal Grandfather's RAF records. It shows he served at SRC Padgate. Is this the one based in Warrington or in West Kirby during WW2? What duties would have been carried out there?

    Started by 221bSlueth‎, 16-06-2018 10:29 AM
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  3. Service Medals/Victory Medal

    Final question!! My paternal Grandfather joined the RAF in 1940 and was discharged on medical grounds in 1944. Would he have been awarded at least a service medal or victory medal in 1945 to reflect his service in the RAF? After all it was not his fault he had to be discharged on medical grounds.

    Started by 221bSlueth‎, 16-06-2018 10:37 AM
    medals, raf, service medals
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  4. Good Conduct Badges

    Can anyone advise what a good conduct badge 1st A awarded in 1943 was? Would it have been a medal? Or simply a badge? Does anyone have knowledge or a picture of what this badge looks like?

    Started by 221bSlueth‎, 16-06-2018 10:33 AM
    good conduct badge, raf, ww2
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  5. WW2 Aircraft Shot Down

    If you are looking for information about a family member who was aircrew killed or captured during WW2 then this site may be of interest:- Air Crew Remembered a site listing losses and incidents during WW2 Home Page Search Page Enter Surname and Initials and details of rank, squadron,...

    Started by macwil‎, 17-05-2018 10:42 AM
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  6. Exclamation Finding how my uncle died

    I am researching my uncle 1398553 sergeant Anthony Aloysius OíBrien. He flew from RAF Lossiemouth? He was killed on the 11th January 1945. He was a navigator. That is all I know. His sister is 90 and I would love to be able to tell her how her brother died and the circumstances surrounding his...

    Started by Sullivanmf‎, 13-03-2018 6:59 PM
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  7. Licensed Ground Engineer / Civilian Repair Or

    My grandfather worked as Chief Inspector with Jersey Air Ways, arriving there in 1937 and leaving the Channel Islands 10 days ahead of the German invasion and occupation on June 1940. Upon arrival in Southampton he "was posted*to Air Service Training at Hamble on the repair and maintenance of...

    Started by golfersa‎, 18-04-2018 3:23 AM
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    19-04-2018, 6:46 AM Go to last post
  8. R.A.F records/info

    hi my dad recently passed away and iam trying to find some info on his service or if anyone new him,his name was George william murphy,joined around 1948 on,as far as we know he was a ground engineer,we lots of old photos and a list in the album of stations he served at,but no service number...

    Started by paulm12‎, 15-04-2018 7:54 PM
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  9. Trying to trace Grandfather's time @ RAF WW2

    Hi, I am looking for information/pointers on how to trace my grandfathers time in RAF. I know he was on an RAF base in UK during WW2. I know he served in Dublin Fusiliers in WW1 and have his service number and medal card. When WW2 broke out he was too old to be sent to war zone so was sent to RAF...

    Started by LBreathnach‎, 08-04-2018 12:28 AM
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  10. Searching for relatives of WWII airmen

    Hello : my father, John Edward Kearney, died on active service in WWII over Eastern France in July 1944. He was a member of 576 squadron based in Lincolnshire, and was the navigator of Lancaster PB 253 ULA2. All members of the crew, save the pilot, died, and their graves are in a small church yard...

    Started by patk‎, 06-04-2018 5:19 PM
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  11. Finding WW2 RAF record with only rank & name

    Hi, I am attempting to access my grandfather's RAF record (and any other reference to him). My grandfather is listed on my father's birth certificate as Cpl Adam Simpson. My father was born in Glasgow in December 1943 and has since passed away. He was not brought up by his parents but knew...

    Started by Andrew Q‎, 27-02-2018 9:23 PM
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    mod, raf, record, ww2
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  12. Air Force List

    I have found my uncle's service number in AIR/78/18. However the record has MILITIA typed at the top. Can anyone explain what this means? When I knew him in the 1950s he was a Navigator flying Canberras, having previously been on Wellingtons and possibly Lancasters. Many thanks. Malcolm

    Started by macwil‎, 28-02-2016 3:33 AM
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  13. Info on dad-RAF in Ceylon WWII

    It's a long shot. I am looking for info on my father Thomas Fitzgerald from S. Ireland. He served in the RAF from 1943-1948 and I know he was posted to Ceylon in 43/44. After demob. he worked in the Gloster Aircraft Factory until it ceased business in the early 60's. We had some photographs but...

    Started by DaveFitz‎, 29-03-2018 11:27 PM
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  14. Help finding Grandfather's service records

    My dad has been trying to find his father's service records for some time and seems to have hit a dead end. My Grandad served in the RAF, during the second world war, as a medical orderly. My father applied for his dad's records via the military but was told that they had been unable to find...

    Started by Mouse123‎, 28-03-2018 7:54 PM
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  15. can not find records

    my grand-father james.garfield Clarkson born iowa u.s.a. to british parents who returned to Yorkshire England. 1st world war service can not be found, but have photo of him in royal flying corps uniform.any information/reccomendations for searches would be helpful.

    Started by benny24‎, 28-03-2018 11:51 AM
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  16. Can not find a record

    Hi All I can not find any reference to my fathers records, I have his service number, full name, dates joined and discharged. He was with the RAF in India and Burma. Where should I look? Cheers Glenn

    Started by Glenn Carey‎, 27-03-2018 1:46 PM
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  17. Question George Arthur Longbotham, Flt Sergt, RFC

    My grandfather, George Arthur Longbotham (1885 - 1939) was in the RFC in WW1, transferred to the RAF on 1/4/1918. His service number was 5500. On his service record he enlisted on 16/05/15 and was sent to Clipstone camp, near Mansfield. His appointments were as follows:- 01/11/15 - I/AM (I have no...

    Started by LesleyS11‎, 26-02-2018 10:03 AM
    royal flying corps, tosi, ww1
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  18. Frank George Williamson a Pilot?

    I have been researching my Grandfather Frank George Williamson. Family legend has it he was a Pilot and flew a Sopwith Camel and a Vicker's Gunbus. His records indicate he was an Air Mechanic 1st class. Other records indicate he was a Fitter/Turner. Service Number (3569). I would love to find...

    Started by Frank seel‎, 26-02-2018 4:57 AM
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  19. Need help understanding Military Record

    Hi, Iíve just received my grandfathers military record from the MOD... and I have no idea what any of it means. Or how to interpret it... Iíve got my Grandads title and service number but how do I figure out the squadron he was part of? A good part of his record is redacted. The only info I...

    Started by Oyster‎, 27-02-2018 3:13 PM
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  20. Lost: Cooks and Floods

    I am researching two sides of my maternal grandparents families. On my grandfathers side he and his four brothers all joined the Sherwood Foresters during WW1. I was told they fought in the Somme and all of them returned to their home, Chesterfield, Derbyshire. I have a copy of a photo taken of...

    Started by sugmac‎, 26-02-2018 6:12 AM
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