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Directorate of History - Air Force

Welcome to the Directorate of History - Air Force (DH-AF). The DH-AF is the source of authoritative information on RAAF history and is the historical analysis arm of the Air Power Development Centre (APDC). It implements the policy on the collection of Air Force history as part of legislative requirements and uses the information to carry out research and analysis on matters of interest to the RAAF. The Office maintains a close liaison with the other three agencies of the Centre and facilitates incorporation of historical analysis into their work.

Access to RAAF Historical Records

In accordance with legislative requirements, the DH-AF collects and maintains RAAF unit history records. These records, along with other RAAF historical material, are routinely provided to the National Archives and Australian War Memorial. Access to these records can be made by contacting these institutions. For official researchers a complete listing of the historical material held by DH-AF and other information relating to RAAF historical records can be found here.

Unit History Collection

When the DH-AF replaced the former Historical Section in 2004, it also absorbed the function of meeting statutory and legislative requirements for Air Force to maintain records about its activities. Under the Unit History Reporting system, all RAAF units are required to submit monthly reports or diaries on unit activities in accordance with DI(AF) ADMIN 8-7 - Unit History Records.

For Unit History Officers, the DH-AF maintains additional guidance and material to assist in the completion of Unit monthly returns. Any questions relating to the submission of Unit Histories can be directed to


The DH-AF contributes to the APDC's publishing program by coordinating a number of publications such as the fortnightly Pathfinder bulletins, historical titles and Heritage Award winners. Upcoming publications are advertised on the Publications page.

Heritage Awards

As part of the RAAF's acquisition program, the DH-AF administers the biennial RAAF Heritage Awards. These awards comprise a competition where prizes are awarded in the categories of Art and Literature, and a History Fellowship is awarded. For more information please visit the Heritage Awards page.

Contact DH-AF

All enquires should be addressed to:

Directorate of History - Air Force
Fairbairn Building 3, Ground Floor
PO Box 7932
Department of Defence