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RAF AIR 27 Air Ministry Operations Record Books

The Royal Air Force AIR 27 records are an absorbing collection of official Air Ministry records that give researchers the details in daily records of aircrew.

Consisting of RAF Operations Record Books (ORBs) for its squadrons these documents are primarily from after the First World War, though they do include some early squadron records from 1911 to 1918. The ORBs were intended by the British military to be a historical record of a unit from its formation, and contain daily entries written on standard forms. ORBs are made up of Form 540 – Summary of Events, and Form 541 – Detail of Work Carried Out and were to provide an accurate record of the functioning of the Royal Air Force and some Dominion and Allied squadrons under the command of the British.

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Searching the RAF Operations Records Books (AIR 27)

The Operations Record Books documents can be used by the researcher to discover the stories of the brave aircrew in the Second World War who battled against the odds in the fight, and give insights into their everyday lives. You can use the collection on TheGenealogist to follow an airman’s war time experiences, and so they give a fascinating insight into your relatives who were serving in air force wartime units.

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