Finding Air Force records

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Defenders in the air.

The military organization of every country normally consist of the army, naval and air force units. The air force units of a military organization refers to the military personnel responsible for conducting and execution of the air defense warfare strategies of the military organization. Around the world, air force units of every country may consists a combination of fighters, bombers and other aircraft flight defense personnel and teams. The air force are the military’s defenders in the air.


How to find air force military records, including dicharge records (both honorable and dishonorable)

US Air Force military records.

In 1973, the US National Personnel Records Center or NPRC in St. Louis, Missouri was hit by a fire damaging many of the military records stored within including those of the air force military personnel.  Due to this incident, air force military records can either be those ablaze by the fire while many of the air force personnel records in electronic format by October 1, 2004 were still retained by the Office of the  US Air Force and other service personnel offices of the US Air Force.  Depending on the year of discharge or retirement, air force service records are held and compiled on several military records storage facilities.

The Royal Flying Corps(RFC)

Founded in the year 1912, the Royal Flying Corps was the United Kingdom’s first air service contingent. Starting from July 1914, the Royal Flying Corps became a separate unit from its former mother unit, the Royal Naval Air Service or RNAS. But on April 1, 1918, the unit was formed in alliance with the Royal Air Force or RAF as a unified contingent of the British army. As a result of the different mergers and transfers,  British airmen and other interest parties in search of the military records of the Royal Flying Corps may find them in one or more record repositories of the British military. It is, therefore, vital in the search to exactly determine information about the subject airman’s covering dates of services since only limited data may be readily available online.

The Royal Australian Air Force

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)was responsible for Australia’s foremost aerial defense unit responsible in providing military air support, surveillance, intelligence, mobility, reconnaissance as well as aid and humanitarian missions.  RAAF air squadrons, fighters, and bombers have been in the center of every major world battles such as the second World War, the Vietnam war and the Korean war. An active participant of the Desert Air Force in 1941 under the Royal Air Force Middle East command located in North Africa, RAAF provided and fielded approximately 1,000 combat squadrons of air support along with other Allied forces.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force Formed from the contingents of the British Royal Air Force that served until the  end of the 1940s, the Royal New Zealand Air Force became officially New Zealand’s foremost air defense wing in 1923. The Royal New Zealand Air Force along with the Allied Forces have fought during World War II as well as in the Malaysian, Korean, Vietnam and the Gulf war. They were also participants in the various global peace keeping missions initiated by the United Nations. The Royal New Zealand Air Force’s combat duties have ceased to exist in the year 2001 upon the termination of the A-4 Skyhawks squadrons that dominated air defense during the World War II battles and other subsequent wars.

The Royal Canadian Air Force

Formed in the 1920 the Royal Canadian Air Force was incorporated in 1923 and granted the royal sanction by King George V in 1924. In February 1, 1968, the contingent was unified along with the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Army to form the current mother unit of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Requesting Air Force personnel records.

Airmen and other interested parties requesting information about personnel records must have the following information along with a signed letter of request about the subject military personnel.

Basic Information Required

  • Name – Complete given first and last names including suffix or aliases like Jr., Sr., III
  • Rank- Last updated military rank or designation earned from the service.
  • Social Security Number
  • Inclusive dates of service
  • Address – Complete postal address including state, region and zip codes.
  • Other Contact information – Other contact details such as contact telephone or fax numbers that may be deemed necessary for communication.
  • Purpose and specifics about the requested record.

How Military Personnel Records Are Requested?

Depending on the country for which your request will be addressed to, the military personnel, its next of kin and other interested parties will start initiating their search through the designated government archive and repository.  The search normally start by researching through the internet.

Addresses of Military Archives in the World.

The following archive places are some of the most sought data banks and government archives:

United States of America:

National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, MO 63138

United Kingdom:

The National Archives
Kew, Richmond, Surrey,


Treloar Crescent
Campbell ACT 2612

New Zealand:

Freyberg House
2-12 Aitken St
+64 4 496 0999


Service interministériel des Archives de France
56, rue des Francs-Bourgeois
75 141 Paris Cedex 03


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