Photograph of RFC airmen with biplane (Catalogue reference: AIR 1/169/15/160/5)

This is a brief guide to help you with your research into airmenairman - a person ranking lower than an officer in the Royal Flying Corps (RFC). The records are kept in different places depending on when the airman 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 records can I find at The National Archives at Kew?

    • The major collections of RFC airmen records held by The National Archives are available online (see above).

  • What records can I find in other archives and organisations?

    • Other RFC and RAF records

      Find out about the aircraft record cards, personal papers and other records kept by the Royal Air Force Museum.

Did you know?

The Royal Flying Corps (RFC) was in existence from 1912 to 1918.

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).

Over 26,000 members of the RFC and nearly 27,000 men of the RAF are listed in the campaign medal records.

The service records of RFC airmenairman - a person ranking lower than an officer who died or were discharged before the foundation of the RAF were kept with the British Army personnel records, of which only about 40% survive. However, RFC records may still be found with the RAF records.

If an RFC airman continued to serve in the RAF after April 1918, his record would be kept with RAF service records.