New Collection Release: Air Ministry – Casualty Communiques WWII
An exciting ‘new’ collection of records has been added to the Forces War Records database that may contain your WW2 Royal Air Force ancestor. A collection of over 178,000 records from the ‘Air Ministry – Casualty Communiques 1939-46’ are now available to view online.
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Throughout the Second World War, the Air Ministry regularly published Casualty Communiques through the Ministry of Information which announced, or updated the status of missing Air Force personnel. Once the next of kin had been informed these reports were then released to various newspapers and periodicals of the era including The Times, many Daily Gazettes and magazines such as Flight.
Services covered are:
- Royal Air Force
- Royal Australian Air Force
- Royal Canadian Air Force
- Royal New Zealand Air Force
- South African Air Force
- Royal Indian Air Force
- Women’s Auxiliary Air Force
The size and scope of WW2 Records held by Forces War Records makes them a fascinating resource for genealogists. These records, cover Armed Forces personnel injured or killed in action, those receiving awards, mention in dispatches or those captured as a P.O.W. and so much more!
You may not be aware of this, but the Ministry of Defence has a 100-year disclosure rule on service records, this applying to all service post 1921.
Are you looking for the war heroes in your family?
Do you know enough about your ancestors and their military past?
Why not log on to Forces War Records and search our vast collection of records to find out more – there could be a war hero in your family just waiting to be discovered, and remembered…