Royal Air Force Service Records
Personnel Records
Royal Air Force personnel records are held at RAF Cranwell. If service number and details are known, please quote it in the correspondence. The personnel records department will only divulge information to the person to whom it refers or, if he or she has died, to his or her immediate next of kin. Anyone else must obtain written permission from the person about whom they are enquiring, or from his or her next of kin, before any information will be given to them.
A charge of £30.00 will be made for any information they provide; If cheques are submitted with queries, they should be made payable to 'HMG Sub-Account 3627'. This applies to personnel records only. The only people exempt from charge are the person to whom the records refer to or their widow or widower.
The address is:
RAF Disclosures section
Room 221b, Trenchard Hall
RAF Cranwell
Lincs NG34 8HB

For records of decorations and citations:
RAF Disclosures section
Room 221b, Trenchard Hall
RAF Cranwell
Lincs NG34 8HB
For medal claims:
Service Personnel and Veterans Agency
Ministry of Defence Medal Office
Imjin Barracks


Records for precursors of the RAF (the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service) are held at the National Archives, as are RAF records for service during the First World War.
Casualty enquries
Information about casualties is deemed to be personal and only enquiries in writing from or on behalf of next of kin can normally be considered. Casualty enquiries are dealt with by:

Service Personnel & Veterans Agency
Joint Casualty & Compassionate Centre
Building 182
Imjin Barracks
Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA)
On Monday 2 April 2007, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) officially launched the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency, aimed at improving personnel, pensions, welfare and support services to members of the Armed Forces and veterans.
Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) has been formed through a merger of the Veterans Agency (VA) and Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency (AFPAA). The new Agency will provide for the first time, a range of 'through life' support functions direct to around 900,000 serving and ex-Service personnel.
Key contact information
0800 169 2277 Freephone
0800 169 3458 Textphone

Official records relating to the Royal Air Force
Official records can found found at either the National Archives or the Air Historical Branch(RAF).
The National Archives

The National Archives,
Ruskin Avenue,
Surrey TW9 4DU.
Fax: +44 (0)20 8878 8905.
Opening times (free admission)

Monday Closed
Tuesday 09.00 - 19.00
Wednesday 09.00 - 17.00
Thursday 09.00 - 19.00
Friday 09.00 - 17.00
Saturday 09.00 - 17.00
Sunday Closed

Readers' Tickets - these cannot to obtained by post. Readers need to bring specific ID with them and apply on-site at Kew.
Information sheets (known as Research Guides) - much of this information is available online at

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