How to look for records of... Royal Flying Corps officers
How can I view the records covered in this guide?
This is a brief guide to help you with your research. Royal Flying Corps (RFC) records are kept in different places depending on when the officer served. This guide will help you to find out if the information you are looking for exists and, if it does, where to find it.
What do I need to know before I start?
What records can I see online?
What records can I find at The National Archives at Kew?
What records can I find in other archives and organisations?
What other resources will help me find information?
Did you know?
The Royal Flying Corps (RFC), founded in 1912, was the first air service.
In July 1914 the RFC’s naval wing was detached to form the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS). On 1 April 1918 the two services were merged again to form the Royal Air Force (RAF).
Before 1 April 1918, the RFC was a corps of the British army. If you are looking for an RFC officer, consult both RAF and British army service records.
The service records of RFC/RAF officers who relinquished their commissions after 1920 are still kept by the Ministry of Defence.