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RAF 1918

Postby isamickey » Sun Oct 13, 2013 3:48 pm

I'm having some trouble locating records for my Grandfather. The only actual document I've discovered so far is his RAF record. I was surprised to see that his place of birth is listed as as "Taunton, Massachusetts, U.S. America". I've never been able to confirm that he was born there but would it be unusual for an American to join the new RAF?
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Re: RAF 1918

Postby ColinB » Sun Oct 13, 2013 3:56 pm

I don't have any first hand knowledge about this but here is an interesting page on the subject :

http://acepilots.com/wwi/us_brit.html

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Re: RAF 1918

Postby junkers » Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:02 pm

I don't think joining the RAF would be out of the ordinary, according to one article (if you type "American Air Force First World War" into a search engine) it seems that the US had no aviation industry or back-up and had obsolete aircraft until 1918, so it depends when your Grandfather in 1918 joined the RAF. If you can leave your Grandfather's name we might be able to help more. It may be the place of birth in the RAF record may be wrong, is he on the 1920-1940 American Censuses?.
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Re: RAF 1918

Postby ksouthall » Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:55 am

If born in the USA, he may have been the son of emigrants, so it may be worth checking passenger lists for the 1870s - 1880s to see if his parents moved abroad at that time. If the son of emigrants, he may also have had brothers who served in the British armed services.
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Re: RAF 1918

Postby isamickey » Sun Oct 20, 2013 4:42 pm

Thanks to eveyone for their helpful comments. I will follow up on the ideas suggested.
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