R.A.F. Operations Record Books that tell a storyteller’s story

It can often be a bit of a surprise to discover that famous people, as well as our own family members, did extraordinary things in the Second World War. Some of them may have told their tales, while others remained silent. When it is a member of the Royal Air Force from WW2 that you are researching, the Operations Record Books (ORBs), which are being released in batches on TheGenealogist, are essential reading in order to follow the person in the squadron's day to day activity. Continue reading...

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New R.A.F. Operations Record Books released 20th November 2020

We have released additional new RAF records that are fully searchable by name, aircraft, location and many other fields, making it simpler to find your air force ancestors.

In a release of over 1.8 million records, this batch of RAF Operations Record Books (ORBs) joins our huge military records collection and includes entries for the famous children's author Roald Dahl when he flew Hurricanes in WW2.

The Operations Record Books record the stories of day to day operations of units and so will give the researcher an idea of action that took place as well as give insights into the everyday lives on the bases. You can use this collection to follow an airman's war time experiences by searching 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.

These new records uncover a spy, ace fighter pilot, chocolate historian, medical inventor and the world's greatest children's author. Of course, we're talking about Roald Dahl and you can read about his adventures in these new records, such as when his plane crashed and burst into flames on the desert floor between his own forces and enemy lines. Read our article which includes official versions of some of the exploits that he retold in his books!

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R.A.F. Operations Record Books that tell a storyteller’s story

It can often be a bit of a surprise to discover that famous people, as well as our own family members, did extraordinary things in the Second World War. Some of them may have told their tales, while others remained silent. When it is a member of the Royal Air Force from WW2 that you are researching, the Operations Record Books (ORBs), which are being released in batches on TheGenealogist, are essential reading in order to follow the person in the squadron's day to day activity. Continue reading...

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TheGenealogist Ticks the Boxes
"The Gold subscription is excellent value for money"
Nick - Value for money
"TheGenealogist has a strong census search tool to help you locate ancestors more easily"
Claire - Ease of use
"The street search tool for census records is superb."
Nick - Navigation
"Trees are quick and easy to build on the site, and the results are particularly visually attractive."
Jenny - Family Tree Builder
"In TreeView, the ability to expand or reduce the image is excellent."
Alan - Family Tree Builder
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WDYTYA Magazine“TheGenealogist has an excellent search option that lets you search for a family using just first names.”
Sarah Williams, Editor - Who Do You Think You Are Magazine

Your Family Tree Magazine“The Genealogist is a great place to search for your ancestors and the details of their lives, using a combination of simple and advanced search facilities and a huge variety of the most vital records and resources for family history.”
Adam Rees, Editor - Your Family Tree Magazine

Family Tree Magazine“Top marks to TheGenealogist for their All-in-One search. For relevant, easy-to-view, detailed search results this is the search site to use. Combine it with the new phonetic search tool to make even better family history discoveries.”
Helen Tovey, Editor - Family Tree Magazine

Your Family History Magazine“The unique Non-Conformist records on TheGenealogist.co.uk are invaluable.” 
Laura Berry, Editor - Your Family History Magazine

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