RAF Operations books build a picture of WWII aircrew ancestors' action

A gripping collection of Second World War Air Ministry operations record books (ORBs) for various Royal Air Force, dominion and Allied Air Force squadrons that came under British Command, are now available. These allow us a fascinating insight into a number of wartime RAF units. Continue reading...

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New RAF Operations Book Records 6th February 2020

In a release of over half a million records, this is the first batch of RAF Operations Records Books (ORBs) to join our ever-expanding military records collection. This is the first time that these RAF records are fully searchable by name, aircraft, location and many other fields, making it easier to find your aviation ancestors.

These documents tell the stories of these brave aircrew who battled against the odds and give insights into their everyday lives. You can use the collection to follow an airman's war time experiences from these fully searchable Air Ministry operations record books which cover various Royal Air Force, dominion and Allied Air Force squadrons that came under British Command. They allow the family history researcher a fascinating insight into their relatives serving in a number of wartime air force units.

The records provide summaries of events and can reveal the death of aviators, crashes, as well as less traumatic details such as weather and places patrolled by the planes and where the squadrons were based as the war wore on. As aircrew personnel are named in these reports, those wanting to follow where an ancestor had been posted to and what may have happened to them will find these records extremely informative.

Use these records to:

  • Add colour to an aircrewman's story
  • Read the war movements of personnel in air force units
  • Discover if a pilot, navigator, radio operator or gunner is mentioned in the action
  • Find if an airman is listed for receiving an Honour or an Award
  • Note the names of squadron members wounded, killed, or did not return
  • Easily search these National Archives records and images

To find out more about these records, you can read Nick Thorne's article "RAF Operations books build a picture of WWII aircrew ancestors' action".

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RAF Operations books build a picture of WWII aircrew ancestors' action

A gripping collection of Second World War Air Ministry operations record books (ORBs) for various Royal Air Force, dominion and Allied Air Force squadrons that came under British Command, are now available. These allow us a fascinating insight into a number of wartime RAF units. Continue reading...

Come and see us at The Family History Show 2020!

We are proud to be sponsoring The Family History Show again this year! These events are organised by family historians for family historians, with free talks all day and experts on hand to help with your queries. Many family history societies, archives and companies attend the events each year and it attracts visitors and exhibitors from all over the country.

South West

8th February 2020
10:00-16:30
UWE Exhibition Centre, Bristol

Find Out More

SPECIAL OFFER!
Two Tickets for £8

York

20th June 2020
10:00-16:30
York Racecourse

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SPECIAL OFFER!
Two Tickets for £8

London

26th September 2020
10:00-16:30
Kempton Park Racecourse

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Two Tickets for £10

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