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SERVICE RECORDS

If you want to know what squadrons an airman was posted into and a whole other series of features about the RAF career of an airman or airwoman, you will need to get a copy of their Service Record with The Royal Air Force.

1. If  claiming a record for a servicemen or woman who is still alive then you need to go onto this site and make a request.

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/FreedomOfInformation/FOIContact/RequestsForAccessToPersonalDataHeldByTheMinistryOfDefence.htm

This will give you access to a Ministry of Defence Data Protection Act Subject Access Request Form

Officially known as Ministry of Defence Data Protection Act (DPA) Subject Access Request (SAR) Form (Form 1694)

Click this link to  access the form:    DPA SAR Form 1694 (Jan 08) PDF [42.3 KB]

Fill it in as requested, giving as much information as you possibly can.

and send it to:

RAF:
DPA Team
RAF Disclosures
Rm 15, Trenchard Hall
RAF Cranwell
Sleaford
Lincolnshire
NG34 8HB

The RAF Disclosures Team will then send you a copy of your record of service.

 

2. If  claiming a record for a servicemen or woman who is deceased then you need to go onto this site and make a request.

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/FreedomOfInformation/FOIContact/RequestsForAccessToPersonalDataHeldByTheMinistryOfDefence.htm

 Click this link to  access the form: 

Fill it in as requested, giving as much information as you possibly can.

and send it to:

RAF:
DPA Team
RAF Disclosures
Rm 15, Trenchard Hall
RAF Cranwell
Sleaford
Lincolnshire
NG34 8HB

The RAF Disclosures Team will then send you a copy of your record of service.

For many people translating such records is never easy due to the abbreviations encountered but I am always ready to help you decipher the record card. If you are prepared to send me a photocopy then I will be only too willing to help you "translate" the record into a free flowing explanation of the career of the individual.

 

Q.         I need information about a veteran who was in the services in the early 1920's or before. Where do I find it?

              

A.         Service records that reach a certain age, are archived at the Public Records Office (PRO). Generally service records dating from the early 1920's, or before, are held at the PRO however the date varies according to which service the person was in. Please read the information held on the Service Records page.