Photograph of biplane over sea (Catalogue reference: AIR 1/720/35/19)

This is a guide to help you with your research. Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) records are kept in different places depending on when the ratingA seaman ranking lower than an officer. These are the most junior class of seamen in the Royal Navy. 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.

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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 ratingsRating - a seaman ranking lower than an officer. These are the most junior class of seamen in the Royal Navy. 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.