Royal Australian Air Force from 1921
RAAF personnel files
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) was created in 1921. The main record of service is the personnel file. Other useful records include casualty files, also known as accident reports, and unit records.
Records of members of the Australian Flying Corps are included in the collection of first AIF records. Refer to Army – World War I.
Some of the records we hold are summarised in the table below.
|Title or description of record||Date range||Series number|
|RAAF officers personnel files*||1921–48||A9300|
|RAAF personnel files of non-commissioned officers (NCOs) and other ranks*||1921–48||A9301|
|RAAF casualty files||1922–60||A705|
|RAAF unit records||1937–61||AA1969/100|
* Main records of service
What’s in a RAAF personnel record?
Royal Australian Air Force records contain an A3 size personal record of service form. It sets out personal details such as:
- next of kin
- marital status
- training and promotions
The records often contain other material such as enlistment forms, conduct sheets and records of leave. Most also contain a head-and-shoulders photograph of the enlistee.
Find and view a RAAF record online
Some online copies of RAAF personnel records are available.
- Go to NameSearch.
- Enter the family name of the service person – make sure it is the name used at enlistment.
- Select 'Air Force personnel records 1921–1976' or 'RAAF accident reports' from the dropdown menu.
- Display the results of your search. If there are too many, you can refine this search result, and then enter the person's given names and/or service number.
- Use the link to 'View digital copy'. You can also print a copy of the record.
Purchase a copy
To purchase an online copy or a colour print copy:
- first locate the item using NameSearch (see above)
- use the ‘Request copy’ button
- complete your order using our secure eCommerce facility. Copying charges will apply.
View an original record
You can view a RAAF personnel record in the National Archives Canberra reading room.
There are still many service records that require clearance before they can be publicly viewed. If you wish to view a service record, please submit an advance request to view records form at least four weeks ahead of your visit. Please remember to indicate whether the service person is living or deceased when making your request.
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