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    Can anybody on the forum please advise me on where i might be able to find out about First World War RFC/RAF Airmen .
    I have several on my local war memorial and i would like to find out more about there loss etc
    many thanks
    phill jones

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    You can download some WW1 service records from the National Archives website, for 3.50 a pop. See Series Reference AIR 76 for RAF:

    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/air76.asp

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    Simon

    Best sources I have come across are 'The Sky Their Battlefield' by Trevor Henshaw (losses in combat) & 'Airmen Died in the Great War 1914-18' compiled by Chris Hobson. Alternatively if you post the names I will tell you what there is in the sources.

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    Phill,

    You could also try 'The War In The Air' section of the 'Great War' forum at http://www.1914-1918.net/

    Also 'The Aerodrome' forum at http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/

    Incidentally, the AIR 76 files at TNA that Simon refers to are officer-only files relating to those who did not serve with the post-war RAF (cut-off date is c.1920 from memory).

    TNA also hold other series of files for WWI airmen but I don't have the details readily to hand at present.

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    Another website:

    The Royal Flying Corps 1914-18

    http://www.airwar1.org.uk/

    http://www.airwar1.org.uk/raf%20personnel%20list.htm

    http://www.airwar1.org.uk/usas%20pilots.htm

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    Gentelmen , many thanks to one and all this has been a great help with information being found to help me on my way .
    However i have one man who is proving troublesome .
    he is
    JONES ABRAHAM L AGE 34 LISTED AS RAF , PRIVATE ENLISTED 1915, DIED 30/9/1918, FRANCE KILLED IN ACTION

    THE INFORMATION I HAVE was taken from the ROLL OF THE MEN OF THE COUNTY OF RADNOR WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-19 , A SEARCH ON THE CWGC SITE SHOWS NOTHING .
    IF ANYONE CAN HELP i would be most greatful

    phill jones

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    This doesn't really answer things as such but the best fit I could find from trawling ancestry.com was

    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=596415
    Pvt. Abraham Jones 270558 Canadian Army, 38th Btn, Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment) buried BOURLON WOOD CEMETERY.
    He was born in Radnorshire Wales, in April 1886
    And date of death is 29th Sep 1918

    Enlisted in Canada, August 1916.

    So, enlistment, age and service don't match but its close for co-incidence if nothing else.
    I've searched british Army death and burial records on Ancestry for the 30 Sep 1918 and the whole month and nothing springs up for RFC but I have to master how to find RAF casualties as such.

    Strange one, is the listing deffinitly RAF?
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Dennis , thank you , yes the ROLL OF HONOUR states RAF , HOWEVER I have found other mistakes within the ROH ,

    THE ROH lists the ADDRESS of PVT A.L JONES as WINDY HILL ,BEGUILDY , HE IS REMEMBERED ON THE LLANBADARN-FYNYDD MEMORIAL , WITHIN THE COUNTY OF RADNOR .

    I SUSPECT a mistake has been made with this man on the ROH and your findings help to confirm this , i very much doubt he was a flyer due to age and rank , and figured he may have been groundrew ?.so i may have to put this one on the back burner for now

    thanks again
    phill jones

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    There certainly is an Abraham L Jones in that town/area in the 1901 census, born about 1887.

    To ammend my revious last line of this message, the 'Canadian' Abraham Jones shows up in records as Abraham L Jones, Abraham Lewis Jones and just Abraham Jones. He enlisted as Abraham Jones, no middle name was given. I wonder if the CEF got mixed up into RAF some where along the line.
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    Dennis Burke
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    I am looking for information about my Great Uncle Lt. Adolphe Drey MC ASC attached RFC who was killed in a flying accident whilst training in Egypt. He is buried at Suez CWG cemetery.
    Any further information such as which squadron he was serving in would be gratefully received.
    JPP

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