While some relevant documents are available online, the majority of records are held by the Ministry of Defence.
How to look for records of... Women’s Royal Air Force personnel
How can I view the records covered in this guide?
This is a brief guide to researching records of the Women’s Royal Air Force, also known as the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force.
What do I need to know before I start?
What records can I see online?
What records can I find at The National Archives at Kew?
What records can I find in other archives and organisations?
What other resources will help me find information?
Did you know?
The Women’s Royal Air Force was formed in 1918 though records of its predecessors go back to 1914.
The Women’s Royal Air Force was disbanded in 1920 and then reformed in 1939 as the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. It reverted to its original name in 1949. The Women’s Royal Air Force officially merged with the Royal Air Force in 1994.
No First World War service records for Women’s Royal Air Force officers are known to survive.