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RAAF personell - honours and awards

RAAF personell - honours and awards
Author: Hans Nauta (Guest)
Time Stamp:
11:35:08 11 August 2001
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Hello everybody,

I wonder if an online database exists containing honours and awards to RAAF personell, just like the Canadian version at www.airforce.ca/citations/wwii/index.htm.

Thanks in advance,

Hans Nauta



RE: RAAF personell - honours and awards
Author: Chris_Pointon
Time Stamp:
12:43:37 11 August 2001
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Yes Hans , the Australians have a very good Web Site with all their awards which is part of the Australian War Memorial. Rather than just give you the page URL I will give you the Home Page first http://www.awm.gov.au/index_flash.htm then go to Biographical Databses http://www.awm.gov.au/database/biographical.asp then go to http://www.awm.gov.au/database/h_award.asp.

In the Keyword box you should put +RAAF (do not forget the +) and then the Surname - I never put the initials in or Unit in case mine are wrong.

The Roll of Honour database also within the biographical section works in the same way but I select Second World War as the date.

Various organisations in the UK can learn a great deal from how the Canadians and Australians try really hard to make life easy for Researchers.

Kind regards Chris


Great! Thanks for the info (n/t)
Author: Hans Nauta (Guest)
Time Stamp:
19:51:03 11 August 2001
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RE: RAAF personell - honours and awards
Author: Don Clark clardo@bigpond.com (Guest)
Time Stamp:
23:28:52 11 August 2001
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It's good to know that the Australian War Memorial (AWM) and it's Website are well regarded. The "user pays" principle was raised here some years ago, until the Gov't of the day was forcibly reminded (by the Diggers themselves & their families, by the AWM Board, and by the RSL) that servicemen had already "paid the price". The AWM has gone ahead in leaps and bounds since then. The online photo data base is one of the finest things I've ever seen.

There are other Aus sources of similar stature. The National Archives of Australia RecordSearch database (like UK ProCat) catalogues official records across all gov't agencies (incl AWM). On top of that,RecordSearch offers a "digitise on demand" service (as yet only for recods held in Archives National office). Free of charge, too: it saves them money and keeps the records safe. The Archives Act does provide for restrictions, but about 97% of request for access are granted, and they explain the policy clearly on site.

Link: http://www.naa.gov.au/The_Collection/recordsearch.html