FLEET AIR ARM & NAVAL AVIATION ARCHIVES
Focuses on the main locations
for airchives, research and naval aviation libraries. The prime centre for
Fleet Air Arm archives is the
European Archival Network - Includes searchable directory of European archives; billed as "the primary site for all European archives that are referenced." See also information about the European Union Archive Network, a digital access initiative.
The International Council on Archives is the professional organization for the world archival community, dedicated to the preservation, development and use of the world's archival heritage
of Primary Sources - (Terry Abraham,
UNESCO Archives Portal - Regarded as "an international gateway to information for archivists and archives users", this site's categories include archives, associations, conferences and meetings, education and training, international co-operation, internet resources, preservation and conservation, and primary sources online.
Directory of archives in the
Research Guide No. B1:
The Royal Navy: Tracing People
The Records and Research Centre and the Centre for Naval Aviation Heritage assists hundreds of enquirers each year, from all parts of the globe. Regular assistance is provided to genealogists, modellers, veterans, local historians, historians, aircraft restoration projects, the press and other commercial organisations.
Collection: The Museum holds a wide range of documents from official and private sources, related to the British Naval Aviation. They cover areas such as aircraft, ships, equipment, air stations, operations and personnel. Amongst the most regularly consulted are the Squadron Line Books and Record Books , Air Publications and aircraft accident records. The Centre also holds the enlistment papers for First World War Royal Navy ratings and some Royal Marines.
The very large photograph collection covers all areas within the Museum's remit. It includes material from both official and private sources.
Research Services and Facilities Enquirers may conduct their research either in person or by post. Please contact the Centre in advance to discuss your area of research and to book an appointment.
Contact for further information
Near Ilchester, Somerset
Tel: +44 (0) 1935 840565
Fax: +44 (0) 1935 842630
The FAAOA has a very comprehensive library and is able to provide members with the facilities for carrying out extensive Naval and Naval Aviation research. There is an extensive range of books on Aviation matters available and also a wide selection of video tapes on Aviation. The FAAOA is also able to offer its members the ability to carry out historical research through its connections with the armed services. Members who would like to take advantage of this services should:
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7930 7722
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7930 7728
The TAGA has a very comprehensive collection and TAG database information of which is available to members for carrying out extensive Naval and Naval Aviation research.
2 Burridges Close,
Bedford MK43 7QE
Tel. (44) 01234 822573
British Aviation Photograph Collection
British Aviation Photograph Collection The A.J. Jackson Collection consists of a library, document collection and photographic archive, containing almost 30,000 negatives and several tens of thousands of prints. Including A-Z of BRITISH MILITARY AIRCRAFT NEGATIVE INDEX PAGE
Centre and the International Churchill Societies of Canada,
The Commission is responsible for the graves of the war dead. The Commission hols extensive archives on Fleet Air Arm personnel lost in 1939-1945. Its on-line Debt of Honour Register provides personal and service details and places of commemoration for the 1.7 million members of the Commonwealth Forces who died in the First and Second World Wars.
There are 7 Research and Collection Departments all with relevance for research on the Fleet Air Arm. Art Collection, Documents, Exhibits and Firearms, Film and Video Archive, Photograph Archive, Printed Books, Sound Archive. For contact information, see individual collections information or go to Reference Services.
Imperial War Museum
London SE1 6HZ
Tel: 0171-416-5353 / 5281
A Centre for Military Archives at King's
College London was set up in 1964. The Liddell Hart Centre for Military
Archives holds the private papers of over 580 senior British defence personnel
of the twentieth century. The Centre also holds a smaller but growing number of
archives relating to television documentaries made by independent television
companies on related topics, including nuclear history, the Falklands War, the
Gulf War and former
Tel: 020 7848 2015,
FAX: 020 7848 2760
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Naval Historical Branch, 3-5 Great Scotland Yard,
Contact: Air Historical Branch (RAF), Ministry of Defence, 3-5 Great Scotland Yard,
Archives include Library Catalogue, Prints & Drawings Catalogue, Manuscripts Catalogue, Historic Photographs Catalogue, Picture Library, National Register of Historic Vessels. The Caird Library is the largest and most significant reference Library of its kind in the world. The collections cover every aspect of maritime affairs, containing important and unique materials which are freely available for consultation. Onlinre search engines include:
PORT ONLINE CATALOGUE
Telephone: (+44) 020 8858 4422 Fax: (+44) 020 8312 6632
Contact: Alec R. Wright (Hon Secretary).
Telephone: 0121 643 7786 (Club) or 0121 643 9475 (Office).
Email Address: email@example.com
During its formative years the club has received an
invaluable collection of ships plaques, paintings, photographs and other Navel
memorabilia, which is unsurpassed anywhere in the country and which is still
being added to even
today, this memorabilia is spread in showcases and around the walls where visitors can view artifacts of our Navel heritage both old and newly fashioned, together with paintings and photographs of some of our most famous fighting ships.
The main deposity for Official archives of the
The Royal Air Force Museum exists to preserve, conserve and exhibit the history of the RAF and its relationship with aviation. There are significant records on the Fleet Air Arm and of its precursor the Royal Naval Air Squadron. The Miseum aims to promote the public's understanding of the role and achievements of the RAF for the benefit of future generations. The Museum maintains substantial documentary holdings on the RAF, FAA and military aviation. These include microfilmed copies of aircraft accident cards and movement cards, the First World War (RNAS and RFC) casualty index, a large collection of Fleet Air Arm and RAF pilots' log books, and the records of the Fairey Aviation aircraft company. There is also a library and a photographic archive with a wealth of Fleet Air Arm information. Visitors by appointment only.
Research and Information Services,
Royal Air Force Museum, Grahame Park Way, Hendon, London, NW9 5LL
Tel: (44) 020 8205 2266
Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts
Archives On-Line -- United Kingdom (Royal Commission on Historical
Directory of archives in the
Royal Navy - The Admiralty Library
The Admiralty Library
This library in
below) and in the Hydrographic Office at
Admiralty Library address.
3-5 Great Scotland Yard
Tel: (+44) 020 7218 5446
Royal Naval Museum Library Royal Naval Museum Library
and Maritime Libraries and Archives Group
Established in May 1999 under the auspices of the Royal Naval Museum Library with the purpose of creating an information network of naval and maritime libraries and archives throughout the
Royal Naval Museum Library
No 12 Store
Semaphore Tower Road
HM Naval Base
Hampshire PO1 3NH
Tel: (+44) 023 92723795
Scots at War Trust - A project which aims
to advance research in the history of Scots at war. Includes information on the
Fleet Air Arm in
PUBLIC RECORDS OFFICE the National Archives of the UK. The Online Catalogue "PRO" - The catalogue of the UK Public Record Office at Kew in West London is now on line.This catalogue was last updated 02 Feb 2001 and contains 8,487,730 records.
Public Record Office (includes Family Records
For further information look at the Records Information Leaflets.
Air Force: RAF Airmen's Service Records
Air Force: RAF Operations Records
Cabinet Records: War Cabinet (1939-1945)
Intelligence Records in the PRO
Navy: Royal, Officers' Service Records
Navy: Royal, Officers' Service Records, First World War, and Confidential
Photographs in the PRO
Prisoners of War, British (1939-1953)
Prisoners of War and Displaced Persons (1939-1953)
RAF, Airmen's Service Records
RAF, Tracing an Individual - service records
Navy: Royal, Operational Records 1939-1945
RAF: Operational Records of the RAF
Tracing a Missing Person
Fleet Air Arm PRO information sheet
Control of the Fleet Air Arm after its formation in 1924, was divided between the Air Ministry and the Admiralty, which had operational control. The dissensions which arose from this division of responsibility are summarized in Director of Plans (AIR 9) piece 2. In 1937, following the recommendations of a Cabinet Committee, total control passed to the Admiralty: the records of the Committee and associated Air Ministry papers are in Committee of Imperial Defence: Ad Hoc Sub-Committee (CAB 16) pieces 151 and 152, and AIR 8 piece 229.
Some operational records of the Fleet Air Arm for the period April 1933 to September 1943 are preserved in AIR 27 piece 2387. However the main series for the Second World War are in Fleet Air Arm Squadron Records (ADM 207): AIR 50 contains some supplementary material. Other records relating to the service during the war can be found under Code 90 in both Admiralty and Secretariat Papers (ADM 1) and Admiralty and Secretariat Cases (ADM 116): additional information can be found in War History Cases and Papers (ADM 199).
PRO leaflet: Royal Navy: Operational Records: Second World War, 1939-1945. Military Records Information 69
The Navy Lists - The confidential edition of the Navy List, containing the complete information on officers and ships which was omitted from the published edition in wartime, is in ADM 177. The other lists are the: Pink List - Location in port, though not position at sea, of all HM Ships and Naval Air Squadrons in commission. Issued twice weekly ADM 187. Red List - Location in port, though not position at sea, of minor war vessels in home waters. ADM 208. Blue List - Shipbuilding. Issued monthly ADM 209
Main Operational Records and Reports - The most important operational records are to be found in three series The original records of the Secretariat of the Admiralty are in ADM 1 and ADM 116. They are arranged by subject according to a system which is fully explained in the lists. In ADM 199. It is listed in very general terms, and in an almost completely random order. It contains a large number of reports of varying types, including: Fleet Air Arm Squadrons: reports of actions, U-Boat Incidents, War Diaries (commands and squadrons), War Diary Summaries.
Ships’ Logs - Logs of battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers and armed merchant cruisers are in ADM 53, with some gaps caused by enemy action.
Fleet Air Arm and Coastal Command: The surviving Operations Record Books of Fleet Air Arm Squadrons are in ADM 207 and AIR 27. Reports of Proceedings are with those of ships and squadrons in ADM 199 and elsewhere. The Headquarters Papers of Coastal Command are in AIR 15, with its Operations Record Books in AIR 24 and those of its squadrons and constituent formations in AIR 25, AIR 26 and AIR 27. No Aircraft Carrier Flying Log Books are know to have survived. Fleet Air Arm and Coastal Command combat reports are in AIR 50. A few flying log books of RAF personnel serving with the Fleet Air Arm are in ADM 900.
Photographs - Photographs of HM Ships are in ADM 176, but very
much better collections of such photographs are held by the
MOD AND PERSONNEL RECORDS
Ministry Of Defence Service Records Contacts
All applications should be made by writing or telephoning the following addresses:
For Ratings entered between 1924 and 1939
Hayes, Middx. UB3 IRF,
For Ratings entered after 1939
Gosport, PO13 9XA, UK
Tel: UK 0208573 3831 Ext.341/342)
For Officers aged 60 or under (Pre-1916 records
held at Public Records Office)
The Naval Secretary
HM Naval Base
Portsmouth, PO1 3LS, UK
Ministry of Defence
VETERANS ADVICE LINE
Armed Services Medal Offices. Write to:
TRACING PEOPLE - Finding shipmates and people
and Ground Search - WWII focussed - looking for someone you served with, or
for those from a unit or an aircraft you are researching?
www.watn.co.uk is a growing 'where are they now?' site for finding more recent ex RAF in particular
provides an on-line search facility for people resident in
Teletext offers the following search and
information pages either on internet at www.teletext.co.uk
or for those with teletext capable tv sets receiving Channel 4 (
page 466 LOST TOUCH
page 489 FAMILY TREE
page 487 SERVICE PALS
page 488 ASSOCIATIONS
To request that a message is placed on one of these
teletext pages: send a short (up to 30 word) message on a postcard the message
should include how viewers should contact you
(usually your name and telephone number - as it would be dialled from the UK) also on the postcard, give your full name and address for Teletext's own records send the completed postcard (addressed as appropriate) to Lost Touch/Service Pals/Family Tree/Associations, Teletext, PO Box 297, London SW6 1XT, UK
For information on progress towards making the
Channel 3 and
Channel 4 teletext pages seen on screen available on the Internet
look at http://www.teletext.co.uk
The Australian War Memorial is a unique commemorative institution. It is a national memorial, an internationally renowned museum, and a research centre for Australian military history.
Register of Australian Archives and Manuscripts (RAAM) - contains records describing non-government archives held in Australian archival repositories and libraries.
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY
Royal Australian Navy - Personnel Service Records
(Officers and Sailors)
Staff Officer Navy Records,
Queanbeyan Annex, Russell Offices,
Dept of Defence ACT 2600
Tel: +61 (0)2 6266 5964
Fax: +61 (0)2 6266 5966
e-mail: DNOPfirstname.lastname@example.org (for enquiries only)
Archives of Canada preserves Canada's archival heritage, and makes it
available to Canadians through a wide variety of means - publications,
exhibitions, special events, as well as reference and researcher services.
Founded in 1872, the Archives' collections today include millions of records,
including texts, photographs, films, maps, videos, books, paintings, prints and
government files, that bring the past to life. We encourage all members of the
public to visit the National Archives of Canada - to pursue a special field of
research, to view the constantly changing exhibitions, to learn more about
National Archives of
Local calls: 995-5138
Toll free: 1-866-578-7777 (
The Canadian War Museum,
is a living memorial to those men and women who served in
The Canadian Virtual War Memorial Register database
MARITIME HISTORY ARCHIVE The Maritime History Archive collects and preserves original documents and copies of documents relating to the history of sea based activities in the north Atlantic region.
Heritage Information Network: Welcome to the gateway to museums, galleries,
and heritage information in
Royal Indian Marine/Navy service records c1840-1947
are in India Office Records, series L/MIL/16/1-9. They include
European/Eurasian clerks, engineers and seamen as well as officers. The first
five volumes give each person's date and place of birth and they also record
any previous service in the
The British Library
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412
Fax: +44 (0)20 7412 7641
Aviation Museum Foundation The aim of the foundation is to record, collect
Archives of New Zealand
The National Library's collections contain a wealth of information sources, from rare manuscripts and foreign official publications to the extensive body of South African documents supplied in terms of legal deposit legislation.
SOUTH AFRICAN ARCHIVES
There are archive repositories in
The South African National Defence Force Archives
have the Archives of the Commandant General, Transvaal Republic
1881-1899; Archives of the Military Governor, Pretoria, 1900-1902 (Records of the British Occupation forces, containing the names of those who died during the Anglo Boer War); Archives of the officer charged with gathering information concerning deaths among the Republican fighting forces and civilians, 1899-1902 (gives name of deceased, age, address and place of death). The particulars of all persons who served in the South African Armed Forces from 1910 are available from the SADF Documentation Centre. You need permission from the person concerned or from his eldest living relative to obtain information from these records. The Defence Force Archives are not open to the public, but you may write to obtain information. The Commonwealth War Graves Board has lists of casualties in
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