BRITISH WOMEN'S AIR FORCE [Main Title]

Catalogue number
  • IWM 1107-1
Department
Film
Production date
1918
Place made
GB
Subject period
Dimensions
  • whole: Number Of Items/reels/tapes 1
Creator
Category
film

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License Film
Object description

Everyday life for WRAF members at a coastal RAF station, probably Hastings area, summer 1918.

Physical description

35mm

Full description

Two women volunteers go along to the recruiting centre, emerging in WRAF uniform. There is a parade at the station, after which the women depart to their various duties. Some work as clerks, some as waitresses in the officers' mess, some sewing fabric (described as "sail-making"). Others strip and repair the wings of damaged aircraft. One group holds on to a Bristol Scout D while the engine is run up, then remove the chocks to let it taxi. It comes back to land and the rotary engine runs to a stop. They take it up by its balance points and wheel it away. A group of the women bring airship SSZ13 out of its shed. Some work in a repair "shop" on wheels. After work those who drive lorries and motor-cycles have their vehicles inspected. Early in the morning the women go sea-bathing. Others play tennis, hockey, go boating with friends, or practise waltzing with each other. They take part in sports on the seafront at Hastings. A final shot of "the boys they're helping to win this war", two RAF fliers starting up an Armstrong Whitworth FK3.

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