First World War Casualty Cards
The RAF Museum holds an extensive set of record cards relating to deaths,
injuries and illness suffered by Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force
personnel (and ex-Royal Naval Air Service after 1 April 1918). These start
at about 1915 (although earlier losses were recorded retrospectively)
and run up to approximately 1928. They cover all theatres of operations
for that period. They were originally arranged in different series for
a variety of purposes, now unclear. These cards cover circumstances from
off-duty sporting accidents to deaths.
The records are not complete but a variable amount of information can
be gleaned from them. Some cards record the movements of prisoners of
war or give Court of Enquiry summaries for accidents occurring in the
United Kingdom. Details recorded for other ranks are usually much briefer
than those for officers. Serial numbers and types of aircraft are sometimes
The Museum also holds medical board record cards for officers, covering
the dates 1917-1920 approximately. These cards record attendance of medical
boards and diagnosis for officers of the RFC and Royal Air Force.
Please Note: Due to the intensive nature of checking the various series
of records, the Department cannot answer queries on more than three individuals
in any one request for information. The fullest name detail available
should be provided. The cards can be consulted in person by appointment
and photocopies can be provided for a small cost.