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obtaining officer papers for RFC

Sue S

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I am new to this part of the Forum and know very little about the war in the air so please bear with me. I would like to obtain the service record of a 2nd Lt RFC who was killed in 1916. I have looked on the National Archives site and it says that an index of names can be searched on-line to see if his records have survived. Try as I might, I cannot work out how to find the index and would be grateful of any help. Regards Sue S

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Welcome to the clouds,

The RFC was an army unit and officers papers can be found using the online catalogue. There should also be a record in AIR 76; this class is now on microfilm and stored in alphabetical order.

For example if Bonner VC had been an RFC/ RAF officer his record should be in: AIR 76/45 (names Bolt, A - Booth, Alexander)

If Axel Poignant MC OBE had been his record should be in: AIR 76/406 (names Place, Charles - Pollak, E R H).

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