Seaching for a specific term will retrieve all the terms containing that query. For instance, if you type ‘bomb’ the results include ‘bomb’, ‘bombs’, ‘bombing’, ‘bomber’, etc. Should you get too many irrelevant hits, please use ‘Search by tags’.
The search box default is a keyword search. If ‘ground personnel’ is typed in, the archive will be searched for both ‘ground’ and ‘personnel’. The search can be refined to an exact match by clicking the three dots to the right of the search box and selecting ‘exact match’. Exact match searches will look for the exact string given.
Combinations of keywords, narrowed by other fields and / or tags can be used to perform focused searches.
Scroll to the first ‘Narrow by specific fields’ box. In the drop-down menu next to ‘select below’ you will see ten possible options. Each of these is a search option and you can choose just one, or select two or more in combination by using the ‘add a field’ button.
Title: This narrows searches to words that occur only in the title.
Description: This narrows searches to words that occur only in the description field.
Creator: This narrow searches to the person or entity responsible for creating an item. For example the creator of a log book is recorded as ‘Great Britain. Royal Air Force’.
When item was created (yyyy-mm-dd): This is the actual date the item was created, the date a letter was written, or a photograph taken. All dates are recorded in the format yyyy-mm-dd. Partial dates can be searched for. For example, June 1943 should be entered as 1943-06.
Language: the archive uses ISO 639-3:2007 codes for the representation of names of languages.
Type: items can be searched for by their type. These are:
Navigation chart and navigation log
Physical object. Clothing
Physical object. Decoration
Text. Log book and record book
Text. Personal research
Text. Service material
Text. Training material
Force: items can be searched for by their relevant military force. These are:
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Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force. Balloon Command
Royal Air Force. Bomber Command
Royal Air Force. Coastal Command
Royal Air Force. Fighter Command
Royal Air Force. Training Command
Royal Air Force. Transport Command
Royal Australian Air Force
Royal Canadian Air Force
Royal Indian Air Force
Royal New Zealand Air Force
South African Air Force
United States Army
United States Army Air Force
Where: The Archive uses Library of Congress Subject headings for all geographical locations. See: http://fast.oclc.org/searchfast/. For example Berlin is recorded as Germany--Berlin.
When (yyyy-mm-dd): This is when an event took place. For example, an interview recorded in 2017 can discuss events in 1945. All dates are recorded in the format yyyy-mm-dd. Partial dates can be searched for. For example, August 1944 should be entered as 1944-08.