Air Force – Service after World War II

Postwar RAAF personnel files

Records of service in the RAAF after World War II, including service in Korea, Malaya and Vietnam, are held by the Department of Defence.

The main source of information for RAAF personnel serving after World War II is the personnel file, listed in the table below.

If the service person served in the World War II period and then continued to serve after this period, the records of war service are combined in the postwar file.

Collection references

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesRAAF personnel files – all ranks1949–A12372

What's in a postwar RAAF personnel record?

Personnel files record general details of enrolment and service in the RAAF. The record may also include details of postings, promotions/demotions and date of separation, as well as correspondence between the individual or the individual’s relatives and the RAAF after the service person left the defence force.

Access to records

For former serving members

If you are a former serving member, or their next of kin, you can obtain a copy of the record of postwar RAAF service from the Defence Archives Centre, phone 1800 333 362 or email

From the National Archives

The National Archives can provide access to postwar RAAF service records.

Under our legislation, the Archives may only publicly release records which are in the open access period. This means that if you request a record of postwar service from us, you may not be able to view the whole file. In some cases information in the open access period may be withheld because it's disclosure would unreasonably disclose information about the personal affairs of a person; or have an adverse effect on a person's lawful business or professional affairs.

If you are seeking documents relating to your own service you should approach the Department of Defence (noted above).

Postwar RAAF service records are held by the Department of Defence in Canberra. We will request records from Defence to answer your inquiry. 

Records, if located, will be temporarily transferred to the National Archives’ Canberra office. This process may take up to three months.

Once the record has been received by our Canberra office, you may choose to purchase a copy. Copying charges will apply. Alternatively, you may view the record in the Canberra reading room of the National Archives at no cost.

To request a postwar RAAF service record through the Archives, please complete the form defence service after World War II.

Other contacts


Inquiries about medal entitlements for service in the Australian Defence forces are handled by Defence Honours and Awards. They can be contacted by phone on 1800 333 362. Alternatively, complete the Defence Medals - Online Application.

Pension information and entitlements

Veterans' Affairs Network
Tel: 133 254 or 1800 555 254

Further information

For more information on RAAF records see:

You can also browse our other fact sheets on defence, armed services and war.

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