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    Default Form 280, Certificate of Service, Airman

    From King's Regulations and Air Council Instructions for the Royal Air Force 1943

    Section II - The Certificate of Service

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    Preparation for Recruits:-

    The Officer i/c Records will, as soon as the attestation of a recruit has been approved, prepare a certificate of service (Form 280) for him from the attestation paper. He will enter on the certificate the airman's full name, official number, date and place of birth, age on entry, occupation in civil life, trade in the RAF, religious denomination, details of his engagement in H.M. forces, if married the particulars of the marriage, and the airman's personal description. The form will then be forwarded to the unit to which the airman is posted with his other service documents.

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    Documents to be enclosed in Form 280:-
    The following documents relating to an airman will be kept enclosed in his certificate of service as and when their preperation for him becomes necessary.

    (a) Record of trade test (flimsy of Form 167).
    (b) Deleted
    (c) Absent voter's card (Form 514).
    (d) Miscellaneous record sheet (Form 125).
    (e) The original service certificate, or an authenticated copy thereof, of an airman who transferred from the RN, RM or Royal Naval Air Service to the RAF.
    (f) A Form 200 prepared by the Officer i/c Records from his military documents, for an airman who transferred from the Army, including Royal Flying Corps, to the RAF.
    (g) The Form 280 of a discharged airman who re-enlists.
    (h) Deleted
    (j) A certificate awarded under the provisions of para 251. (Long Service and Good Conduct Medal - Certificate to Ex-Naval Ratings - Ross)
    (k) Service and general conduct sheets (Forms 120 and 121)
    (l) Publications (Personal Issues) Card (Form 506)

    Pins will not be used in attaching documents to the certificate of service.
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    Default Form 280 - Certificate of Service (RAAF Version)

    The following example of Form 280 has been officially altered for RAAF use by changing reference from RAF to RAAF throughout.

    The RAF version of this form has an identical layout and content.

    http://www.rafcommands.com/Images/Form280/f280_1.jpg

    http://www.rafcommands.com/Images/Form280/f280_2.jpg

    http://www.rafcommands.com/Images/Form280/f280_3.jpg

    http://www.rafcommands.com/Images/Form280/f280_4.jpg

    All above:
    Commonwealth of Australia (National Archives of Australia) 2011.

    This document formed the wrapper for an airmans Record of Service as well as being a contents/index to all enclosed documents.

    In researching the service of an airman it is the prime source document that can be obtained.

    Innsworth used to occasionally provide a photocopy of the Form 280 to a serviceman on request but in recent times disclosure is mainly Form 543A which contains an edited subset of the detail entered on the corresponding Form 280.

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    Ross,
    Do I understand correctly-the form 280 accompanied the serviceman from post to post, but form 543A contains edited highlights?
    If so how was the data transferred and was that done centally or locally.
    If I gather right it may explain some of the difficulties I have in tracing my fathers footsteps-especially when he was posted to India!!

    My thanks for your sterling work in compiling the list of forms used.
    Paul H

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    No.

    Form 280 was kept very remote, group headquarter copied a sub set and created another Form 1580 for use as field form but units did very little to administer records using the Form 747 Casualty Form as a means of transmitting POR for all men, fit as well as casualty. The bones of info in Form 747 were extracted at group and the info altered onto Form 1580 there.

    I hope that procedure will become clearer as I add the subsequent Forms or their description for use.

    As to Form 543A I've got a request out for chapter and verse but at the moment the best way to consider it is as an admin check sheet for Personnel Officers rather than a complete service record.

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    Default Destruction of files

    To clarify if a Form 280 survives.

    All documents created by the RAF and accruing in both RAF units and the RAF Record Office had a defined period after which they could be destroyed.

    In 1943/44 the List of document types had been laid down in the Public Record Office Act, 1877 and updated in 1927.

    From King's Regulations and Air Council Instructions
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    For Documents in the RAF Record Office:
    22 Service Documents of Airmen:-
    (a) Certificates of service - Fifteen years after the airman becomes non-effective.
    (b) Miscellaneous Record Sheets - Fifteen years after the airman becomes non-effective.
    (c) Trade Index Cards - Fifteen years after the airman becomes non-effective.
    (d) Medical History Envelopes and documents..

    ..Fifteen years after the airman becomes non-effective.

    23 Conduct Sheets:-
    Fifteen years after the airman becomes non-effective.

    24 Technical Qualification forms:-
    (a) Results of courses of instruction and examinations - Five years after the airman becomes non-effective.
    (b) Certificates of passing out - Five years after the airman becomes non-effective.
    (c) Choice of Trade - Five years after the airman becomes non-effective.
    (d) Character and Trade Proficiency - Five years after the airman becomes non-effective.
    (e) Techncal History Sheets - Five years after the airman becomes non-effective.

    For Documents in RAF Units
    19 Nominal Rolls of temporary importance:-
    One year
    [Nominal Rolls of Units and others giving important informantion will be preserved.]

    Note:-A Ledger Sheet is maintained which gives the full details of the airman's service, particulars of marriages, and births of children, medical history, trade particulars, &cc; and it is proposed that this Ledger Sheet shall be permanently preserved. It is considered that this record will be sufficient to deal with all future enquiries.

    For the purpose of this Schedule the term "becomes non-effective" should be deemed to be the date on which an airman is taken off the strength of the Royal Air Force, or R.A.F. Reserve, whichever is the later.
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    So after 1 year documents held on the unit were destroyed and headings transferred onto a Ledger Sheet for permament retention.

    After 5 years the contents of Form 280 were destroyed and the "contents wrap" retained
    After 15 years the Form 280 was to destroyed.

    The only document to be preserved was the Ledger Sheet or to give it it's RAF Form Number:

    Form 543.
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    Default Certificate of Service, Personnel and Personal Records

    Hello Ross

    1) Our family received the Certificate of Service and Certificate of Discharge (combined Form) two and half months after my Grandfather was killed.

    I don't want to contradict you as I have been reading the PRO Act of 1877 too and subsequent amendments, published in my copy of the 1941 RAF King's Regulations.

    2) Another point, I noticed in 1941 was that Aircraft Record Sheets (the AM 78 I presume) and ALSO Aircraft Log Books were to be permanently retained.

    3) I have also found an MOD document regarding Personal and Personnel records (released at 30 years old) at TNA, Kew, called the:- MOD Advisory Panel on Departmental Records,
    which stated:-

    "15. It was apparent that some personnel areas had made considerable progress in committing their current personal records to a Machine Readable (computer, microfilm, micro-fiche) form, often at local level on an 'administrative use' basis. This practice was to be encouraged as it would prove less expensive in the long term."

    "16. Until a common practice had been established, or, at least, a recognised system for each element had evolved, all Service personnel records consigned to archives would be held for a period of 85 years from the date of entry. PRO already hold the vast majority of pre-1914 entries and MOD will be negotiating for the remainder to go there. Thus, consideration of further records to be selected for permanent preservation would not be due until 1999."

    In 2004 Hansard stated that the Military Records Office (at Hayes) being transferred to TNT Archives, Swadlincote, held the Personnel and Personal files of every soldier, sailor and airman.

    It makes me wonder, what actually is withheld, I tried to email you a TNT Press Release, but your email address linked to your name Ross, does not seem to work.

    Regards Mark
    Last edited by Mark Hood; 4th June 2012 at 22:09.

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