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Tracing family history - RAF records
My Dad was an engineer of some sort on the Lancaster bombers during the war. Does anyone have any advice on how I could find out where he was based / which squadron he was in, or what records (if any) would exist of his service?
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Both of these are correct, but if you don't have your dads' service number, don't despair. It's still possible to get his service record as long as you provide as much information as you possibly can.
Your fathers' next of kin will have to give permission for his service record to be sent to you. If you are his next of kin, there will not be a problem. If it is someone else, e.g. an older sibling, they will have to give you a letter of authorisation.
You will also have to send your fathers' birth and death certificates.
If you don't know his service number, try to remember as much as you can that he told you about his service, e.g. did he ever tell you where he was on Sept. 3rd 1939, the day war was declared on Germany? Or did he ever tell you the places where he had been based?
I had to do all this to get my dads' service record, although he was in the navy.
To be honest, I was a bit disappointed with the information. It only gave his date of joining and de-mob, then the ships and dates he served on, along with his rank throughout his service. There was nothing about any battles or engagements. I beleive that information is only available from the National Archive at Kew, which is not on-line. If you want to go there, you have to make an appointment.
I'm really sorry stoo_pid if I'm putting you off. I hope you get all the info you require. Good luck.