RAF service records (1918-1939)
Search on findmypast (£) the RAF service records (AIR 79), for RNAS ratings who transferred to the RAF when it was formed in April 1918.
RNAS service numbers were prefixed with the letter ‘F’. When they transferred into the RAF, the ‘F’ prefix was removed, the number 2 added and, if the service number contained less than six digits, noughts were added to bring its total number of digits to six. For example, F 1002 became 201002 or F 54559 became 254559.
RAF service numbers between 313001 and 316000 indicate that the airmen served with the Royal Navy before the RNAS was formed in July 1914 and that they transferred from the Royal Navy to the RNAS.
Registers of Seamen’s Services (1853-1923)
Consult the Registers of Seamen’s Services (ADM 188) for RNAS ratings who served before April 1918. You can search and download (£) them on our website.
Individuals who entered the RNAS between July 1914 and March 1918, without prior service in the Royal Navy, were given service numbers prefixed with the Letter ‘F’. For those who had served in the Royal Navy and transferred into the RNAS, the original Royal Navy service number was retained.
Naval medal rolls (1793-1975)
Look in the Naval medal rolls (ADM 171) on Ancestry (£) to consult lists of seamen awarded campaign medals, long service medals and good conduct medals. They are arranged by type of medal.