The Guardian– World War Two Archive

The London Gazette
Searchable database with aircrew announcements

The Telegraph– Britain at War: readers’ memories

BBC- Battle of Britain collection
Clips, interviews and articles from the Battle

BBC- Archive collections
War and conflict section

Bomber Command
How The Telegraph reported the major raids at the time

Online resources

Air Force Association of Canada
Useful for award citations

The British Aviation Archaeological Council
The British Aviation Archaeological Council maintains a list of books relevant to individual RAF squadrons, as well as airfields

Canadian National Archives
Search the database and request military records for immediate family

Commonwealth War Graves Commissions
Searchable database for all commonwealth casualties from WWI onwards

National Archives
Searchable online catalogue, includes diaries of RAF units & airfields. Ability to request documents as hardcopies and scanned to disc

Flight Magzine
Review issues from 1914 onwards online

Historical Resources blog
‘Information not shared is lost’

Imperial War Museum
Searchable online catalogue

Second World War Forum
James Holland’s website

RAF Bomber Command website

RAF Commands
Equipment history of the squadrons and associated units forming RAF Commands during the period September 1939 to August 1945.

RAF Air Historical Branch
Provides the Air Staff, the wider RAF and MOD, and other government departments with RAF related historical support on operational and other matters

Wings Over Alberta
History of the British Commonwealth Air Training programme in Alberta, Canada

Wings of Freedom
The history and heritage of Canada’s air force

Vintage Aeroplane Writer
Writing related to the history of aviation

War in the Mediterranean
Major campaigns in WW2

RAF Department of Research and Information Services

Obvious- but useful. Follow reviews and recommendations to unearth new leads

Abe Books
For used, new, rare and out-of-print books


Bungay, Stephen. Alamein. Great Britain: Aurum Press, 2002.

Bungay, Stephen. The Most Dangerous Enemy. Great Britain: Aurum Press, 2001.

Davidson, Martin. The Perfect Nazi. London: Penguin Books, 2011.

Faulks, Sebastian. The Fatal Englishman. London: Vintage, 1997.

Hastings, Max. Bomber Command. London: Pan Books, 1999.

Hillary, Richard. The Last Enemy. London: Vintage, 2010.

Hillier, Mark, Dieter Sinanan and Gregory Percival. Westhampnett at War. Great Britain: Yellowman, 2010.

Orange, Vincent. Park. London: Grub Street, 2001.

Sarkar, Dilip. Last of the Few. Great Britain: Amberley, 2011.

Sarkar, Dilip. Spitfire: Ace of Aces. Great Britain: Amberley, 2011.

Swift, Daniel. Bomber County. London: Hamish Hamilton, 2010

Wellum, Geoffrey. First Light. London: Penguin Books, 2009.

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