RAF Airship Officers1918-1919.
As is well known the RAF was formed on April 1 1918. Up to that point airship staff came under the umbrella of the Admiralty but were transferred over to the RAF on its formation. Luckliy for us therefore that all airship officers who were transferred are recorded in the annual RAF lists in 1918. The lists for that year are shown below.
Whilst many of the well known men who went on to work on the R34, R38, R80, R100 and R101 are shown here the bulk of the men listed must have been those who served on the semi rigid airships patrolling our coastline scouting for German submarines. It is very rare to find names of these individuals so these records are extremely useful for anyone researching airship personnel.
Please make contact if you spot a name you recognise.