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Stories categorised in 'Women's Auxiliary Air Force'. These stories may contain references to other themes.

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Breaking the Code: A WAAF at Bletchleyicon for Recommended story

While scanning the Cathode Ray screens with their brilliant green blips and the circles marking off the...

"Intelligence" WAAF's in 'Y' Service.icon for Recommended story

From our unit at Capel, which was right on the cliffs about 100 feet up from the sea, we could see the...

War Memories: Plotting the Battle of Britainicon for Recommended story

For the next course, a private house called “Woodlands” close to Fighter Command H.Q. at...

A W.A.A.F. in Brussels 1945 by Mary Blood (Nee Pettit): Working for the Air Publications Distribution Uniticon for Recommended story

I went to bed that night thinking, ‘A Belgian has slept in that bed, then a German has slept in it...

Recollections of a WAAFicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo

In August 1944, just two months after the D-Day landing in Normandy, I was posted to R.A.F. Fairford in...

Working for General Eisenhower at Bushey Park on Operation Overlord by Edna Stafford (nee Hodgson)icon for Recommended story

Whilst at Bushey Park I saw famous men and leaders of the Forces, both British Officers and Generals as...

"Hushmum" - Alarm within the Alerticon for Recommended story

To meet this difficulty a system called the Alarm Within the Alert was devised, and the Civil Defence...

A WAAF in Brussels, VE Day 1945icon for Recommended story

Madame Tournier took me round the grounds and through the sunken garden with flowers of all sorts and...

Radar Operator in WW2icon for Recommended story

I did not join up until January 1943 when the Battle of Britain was well and truly over, but after my...

A WAAF's Memoriesicon for Recommended story

I was on leave just after this at home in Littleover when I received a telegram to return to duty.I was...

Joining Up: A WAAF at RAF East Fortuneicon for Recommended story

I was posted, along with another WAAF who had been on the course with me, to RAF East Fortune - a remote...

Memories of a WAAF Teleprinter Operator at Station X (Bletchley Park)icon for Recommended story

In December 1941 I was posted to Broadway, near St James's Park: the plaque at the front door read...

A Heroic WAAF, 1944icon for Recommended story

As the tail of the plane whipped backwards, Frank was worried he would be flipped into the fire so...

Womens Auxilliary Airforce: RAF Middle Wallopicon for Recommended story

Before I knew all the rules of the Fighter Station, I sauntered across the Parade Ground, and an Officer...

The Ex-WAAF and Hitlers Cheficon for Recommended story

Our designation was Clerk/Special Duties which was working as plotters in Fighter Command operations and...

Happy Memories of Wartime Friendsicon for Recommended story

I set off to meet Jim wearing a pair of grey silk stockings instead of the regulation air-force blue lisle...

Bomber Command, 4 Group York, 78 Squadron Breighton, 1943 - 1945icon for Recommended story

Having passed I was sent to Bomber Command 4 Group York and subsequently taken to 78 Squadron Breighton,...

From the Land Army to the WAAF by Vera Roeicon for Recommended story

I came back home first and then went to Insworth, Gloucestershire, then Weston-Super-Mare, Penarth in Wales...

Service in the WAAFicon for Recommended story

I volunteered and was then posted to HQBC, but was attached to the US Eighth Bomber Command at High...

Balloon Command, Sheffield 1942 - 1943icon for Recommended story

If the balloon was bedded down each member of the crew would be allocated to work on either the port or...

Cooking with the WAAFicon for Recommended story

The task in France was to get across the Rhine into Belgium. For her service Mary got 4 medals —...

On Being a Uniped or The Leg and Iicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo

Douglas Bader flew with two artificial legs, but I think I was the only servicewoman driver with one leg....

Actually Flying in a Lancaster: Memories of a WAAFicon for Recommended story

It was strictly a Court Martial offence for W.A.A.F. personnel to fly and although I had tried my hand at...

Weddings and WAAF'sicon for Recommended story

One day the officer stuck his head round the door and a girl hit it with a pencil thinking it was the...

The Wedding Dress: A WAAF's Special Dayicon for Recommended story

Insufficient coupons for a wedding dress The next time there was a dance at the NAAFI he was there and...

Anderson Shelter and the WAAFicon for Recommended story

When Doris was a child she lived in Birmingham with her mother, father and sister. Doris and her sister...

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