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Historical Records

The DH-AF is not a public research facility.  The DH-AF holds records for official purposes. Access to the DH-AF for official research purposes is by appointment only. Prior to visiting, researchers should contact the DH-AF to arrange a suitable date and time. To protect the privacy of others, the release of records for viewing or duplicating is in line with current RAAF policy, the Archives and Privacy Acts and at the discretion of DH-AF staff.

A guide to material held by the Directorate of History - Air Force:

  • RAAF unit histories from pre-World War II to current 
  • Reports by commanding officers of RAAF units from World War II to current 
  • RAAF Personnel Occurrence Reports 1940's to 1970's
  • Reports and critiques on aircraft accidents to RAAF aircraft, World War II and later years 
  • Casualty registers and grave registration cards of RAAF personnel 
  • Various documents of historical interest, including information on air raids, operations, squadrons and units, statistical bulletins, tactical reconnaissance reports, RAF and US squadrons, WAAAF, and medical 
  • Books of historical information on RAAF squadrons and units, aircraft, operations, famous RAAF personnel, awards, peacekeeping and future RAAF plans 
  • Copies of Air Force Lists
  • RAAF aircraft status cards 
  • RAAF News issues from 1960 to current 
  • Air Board minutes 1921-1982

Private Researchers

To research a family member’s service history or a particular unit, the following links are provided to help locate relevant material: