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Researching the service
of a RCAF member

So after many requests, I have decided to create a  new section to the site. Researching your family’s air force connection. If you are trying to find out about your family member participated in the second world war:

  1. Family/ Personal Records
    • Your first step would be to find out if you have any personal documents from your relative. Documents like a flying log book provide many critical details that can be deciphered by yourself or others.
  2. The Service File
  3. Unit / School Daily Diaries
    • Consult school or station daily diaries for information, unfortunately if your relative was not a commissioned officer your research may not result in any findings as these documents often neglect to mention non commissioned members or students.
  4. Operational Record Books
    • Operational Record books may also contain details of the operations your relative was involved in, these documents were rarely created at the training level as operations were rarely a thing prior to the Operational Training Unit (OTU) or Squadron level.
  5. Station Magazines
    • Station Magazines may contain mention of courses or personal. RCAF.info is working on compiling the most complete collection of these documents on the internet.
  6. Social Media
    • Join associated social media groups and ask questions… the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada group on facebook and others have many experts who are willing and able to provide advice, guidance and answers if you have worked to gather information on your relative.
  7. Other websites
  8. Check out the information here at RCAF.info
    • There are no centralized sources to guide your research. So far as my research has found there is a ton of information available there but is is scattered, unorganized, and somewhat painful to navigate. I am working to change that.