RAF Squadron ORBs digitised by TNA

Discussion in 'The War In The Air' started by PsyWar.Org, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. Skoyen89

    Skoyen89 Senior Member

    Hi Lee
    Yes, had I known and taken my laptop with me.... oh well worse things will happen but a bit frustrated. Maybe next time.

    I am trying to trace an individual (Sgt LC Martin 910247) who was with them in Sept/October 1942 so thought I would see if he got a mention in any of the crews.
  2. dp_burke

    dp_burke Junior Member

    See below
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2018
  3. dp_burke

    dp_burke Junior Member

    There is a new digital preview option available for RAF ORB's in AIR27 in the UK National Archives Discovery Database

    (AIR27 is operational Squadrons, not OTU's, not training units, not Groups, Wings stations etc, just Squadrons)

    I put together a little guide from my experience of using them.


    They have a text water mark still but I've provided a few examples of what you might find.
    Dennis Burke
    Foreign Aircraft in Ireland 1939-1945
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  4. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Does anyone know if you can still access the original RAF squadron ORBs? I'm looking for the ORB of 30 Sqn RAF (Hurricanes in Ceylon) for April 1942 but they seem strangely not to be available on line. They appear to jump from March 1942 straight to March 1943. As you can see here:-

    AIR27-344 - missing months.GIF

    One to ask about next time at Kew I suppose.

    By the way, I found that you can download ORBs at Kew onto their computers and then e-mail them home for free. Saves using their wifi so probably quicker overall.


  5. BFBSM

    BFBSM Very Senior Member

    Yes, and they are free for download once you are registered on the NA website.
  6. BFBSM

    BFBSM Very Senior Member

    AIR 27/344/29 contains a summary of events for the full year, it contains 102 pages.

    Last edited: Jul 28, 2020
  7. dp_burke

    dp_burke Junior Member

    They have been free to download during the COVID19 crisis. Check the website.
  8. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    To all, many thanks and especially to BFBSM. :D


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