On April 1, 1918, the Royal Air Force (RAF) was formed with the union of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS), along with a female branch of the service, the Women’s Royal Air Force. The RAF joined the British navy and army as a third branch of the military service with its own ministry. The strength of the RAF seven months later in November 1918, was nearly 300,000 officers and airmen, and more than 22,000 aircraft.
Records give details of Service Number, Full Name and Military Date, which may fall before 1918 if the individual was enlisted in the organisations listed above, that were in existence prior to 1918.
The original documents can be found in AIR 1/819/204/4/1316 and also AIR 10/232-237.
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