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The Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) was founded in July 1914 when the naval wing of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) was moved out of the RFC and brought under Admiralty control.
On 1 April 1918 the RNAS was merged with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force (RAF).
The service records of RNAS ratings who served before the foundation of the RAF were kept with the Royal Naval seamen’s service records.
If an RNAS rating continued to serve in the RAF after April 1918, the remainder of his record would be kept with the RAF service records.