Wednesday, 28 March 2018

TheGenealogist celebrates centenary of the Royal Air Force

From TheGenealogist (

TheGenealogist releases Air Force lists and Flight Magazines to celebrate the centenary of the Royal Air Force

To mark the centenary of the establishment of the RAF on 1st April 1918, TheGenealogist has released thousands of records of individuals who were recorded in a number of Air Force Lists from 1921 to 1944. Also released at this time are copies of the Flight Magazine for 1909, 1910 and 1911, plus an important collection of historic reference books.

In order to commemorate the formation of the world’s first air force independent of an army or a navy, TheGenealogist has added these new records to its ever growing military collection for researchers with RAF ancestors to make use of.
  • Read the details of RAF officers in Air Force Lists including name, rank and service number
  • Find names of early aviators in the Flight Magazine
  • Get background information on aviation from a collection of reference books
  • Use TheGenealogist’s unique “SmartSearch” to link to other military records

Air Force Lists recorded the details of officers that served in the Royal Air Force and include information on the order of seniority, retired officer lists, and alphabetical indexes.

Flight Magazine was founded in 1909 as a journal concerned with air transport and all things to do with flying.

Of particular note are the following historic reference books that have been added in this release: The Air Annual of the British Empire 1930, Book of the Air 1931, Aviation - An Introduction to the Elements of Flying, and The Wonder Book of Aircraft 1930.

Family history researchers looking for ancestors who had been in the Royal Air Force will be able to search for their forebears in this new addition to the military collection of records on TheGenealogist.

Read our article on the birth of the RAF:

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)


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