How to look for records of... Royal Air Force squadrons
How can I view the records covered in this guide?
This is a brief guide to researching records of Royal Air Force squadrons. RAF squadron records are largely complete and fairly detailed. They are held in a variety of places, but the majority of relevant records can be found at The National Archives.
This guide will help you to find out if the information you are looking for exists, and if it does where to find it or more information about it. This guide is for people interested in RAF squadrons themselves as opposed to those interested in finding a specific person.
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 Air Force was formed in 1918, towards the end of the First World War. Most operational records of its predecessors can be found in AIR 1 and AIR 2. Early squadron operation record books can be found in AIR 27.
‘Summary of events’ forms, also known as form 540, and ‘detail of work carried out’ forms, also known as form 541, can be found in record operation books. These forms are records of the daily events of all RAF units.