News from the British National Archives and their partners at

We are delighted to announce that today our partners at have made one of our First World War airmen’s service record series (AIR 79) available to search and download online. Earlier this month we also made the surviving service records of over 12,000 men from the Household Cavalry (record series WO 400) available. Read on for more details of how to search both of these record series.

Whether your interest in the First World War is in tracing an ancestor who served, or in how the British government and armed forces conducted the war, our vast collection of records will prove invaluable. For full details of our programme, including research advice and forthcoming events, visit our First World War 100 website. has released online over 300,000 airmen’s service records (AIR 79), which contain information about an individual’s peacetime and military career, as well as physical description, religious denomination and family status. Next of kin are also often mentioned. Search and download these records now.

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