Air Ministry Casualty Communiques WWII

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Throughout the Second World War, the Air Ministry regularly published Casualty Communiques through the Ministry of Information which announced, or updated the status of missing Air Force personnel.

These lists are the ‘Air Ministry Casualty Communiques – Royal Air Force’. The Casualty Communiques published by the Air Ministry list the fate of the personnel as casualties "in action" which were due to flying operations against the enemy; "on active service” which included ground casualties due to enemy action, non-operational flying casualties, fatal accidents and natural deaths. At the end of the communiques are details of any corrections or amendments which adds to the timeline of events for those personnel.

Once the next of kin had been informed these reports were then released to various newspapers and periodicals of the era including The Times, many Daily Gazettes and magazines such as Flight.

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Records in this collection are likely to include the following:

  • Surname
  • Initial(s)
  • Rank
  • Service Number
  • Unit
  • Service
  • Dates
  • Fate

Please be aware that due to the way we collate, and cross reference our databases, some records will contain more information than that listed above.

Original Source: Published by the Great Britain Ministry of Information – Daily Press Notices and Bulletins.

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