RAF WWII Operational and Flying Accident Casualty Files of the National Archives written by Mary Hudson and published by Air World Publishing – £25.00 – Hardback – Pages 302

RAF WWII Operational and Flying Accident Casualty Files of the National Archive of RAF personnel. The biggest casualties turned out to be from Bomber Command who had over 75,000 killed, wounded or captured. These files contain a huge wealth of information from various resources to do with casualty numbers including places such as the Red Cross, letters from family, friends and even German records. The expert Mary Hudson is the ideal person to do this books as she has the background in both the RAF and the WRAF to help take people through the records which she has done for 14 years. This book looks at the creation of the Casualty branch, how to use it for non-members and various bits of interest that have been discovered.

I must admit that I love this type of book as your basically creating a book from numbers and information that need finding from mainly first hand sources of information. Quite often you come across gems of information that are just sat there waiting to be discovered. This is a fascinating book that walks you through the progress of how the RAF go about collecting and collating the information when trying to report about personnel and casualties. All the processes are great to read about, and the files, notes, appendices are all laid out in the book towards the back. Another great book about using primary sources. Although this might be a niche subject to most, it’s a very interesting read.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.