The National Archives UK - Discovery - Online collections - Second World War

Discovery holds 32+ million descriptions of records held by The National Archives and 2,500+ archives across the country. Over 9 million records are available for download from this site. Use Discovery to search. Enter a surname in the search box and tick Available to download from the National Archives. You can refine your search results by Date, Subject or Collection. Digitised copies of the original records can be downloaded for £1.10 each or accessed on the commercial site findmy past where indicated*. Records available include:
• 1939 Register (*images on findmypast)
• Durham Home Guard 1939-1945
• Looted art 1939-1961
• Merchant seamen’s campaign medal records 1939-1945
• Merchant shipping movement cards 1939-1945
• Prisoners of war: selected records 1715-1945 (*images on findmypast)
• Recommendations for military honours and awards 1935-1990
• Royal Air Force airmen service records 1912-1939 (*images on findmypast)
• Royal Air Force combat reports 1939-1945
• Royal Naval Reserve personnel
• Royal Naval Reserve service records 1860-1955
• Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve service records 1903-1922
• Sir Anthony Eden’s private office papers 1935-1946
• Victoria Cross registers 1856-1944
• Women’s Royal Naval Service personnel
TIP: Findmypast is available for free, onsite, at some state, public and family history libraries. Check what might be available onsite at a library near you.
TIP: Residents of Victoria can access The National Archives images for free using Discovery on State Library of Victoria eResources page. All you need is a SLVIC library card.