Post World War One Records
The service records for those who served in World War Two and the Korean War are held at Library and Archives Canada. Restrictions apply. However, there are a number of records that can be searched online. Some regiments have published histories or webpages. Local newspapers can also be a good source of information.
Second World War Two Service Files: Canadian Armed Forces War Dead
There are no restrictions for those who died in service between 1939 and 1947. These deaths include not only those killed in action, but those who died of injuries related to their service or as a result of accident or injury while in service. The database at “Ancestor Search” provides the name, date of death, service number, unit, which force they served with, and the names of their parents and wife if married along with where they were living.
1. War Diaries and Ship Logs
Follow the directions given at “Ancestor Search” for how to access these records in the section on World War One. Copies of some diaries are found on individual regiment or unit websites.
2. Air Force
There is a list of unit Operation Record Books found in Finding Aid 24-104 that lists the relevant volume and microfilm numbers. It is not available online. Staff at the Canadian Genealogy Centre can consult the finding aid for you if you fill in the online Reference Inquiry Form. Information about those who served can also be found in the Air Force Association of Canada section.