How to look for records of... Royal Flying Corps airmen
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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 airmen 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.