Cripps, Doreen (Oral history)

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  • 20840
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  • whole: Duration 60, Number Of Items 2
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  • object name: Oral history
  • object category: IWM interview


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British wren served as parachute packer with Women's Royal Naval Service in GB, 1943-1945

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REEL 1 Background in Biggleswade, London and Luton, 1925-1943: family; education; employment. Aspects of enlistment and training with Women's Royal Naval Service in GB, 1943: enlistment and training, 1943: reasons for joining Women's Royal Naval Service; basic training at Mill Hill; training in safety equipment at Eastleigh; details of basic training; attitude towards service life; relationship with other Wrens; dinghy training; parachute packing. Recollections of period as parachute packer with Women's Royal Naval Service at Royal Naval Air Station, May Down, Northern Ireland, 1944-1945: posting to station; parachute packing duties; re-packing parachutes; impressions of life in Northern Ireland. REEL 2 Continues: life in Northern Ireland; relationship with other Wrens; life in Wrennery; social life; relations between Wrens and local people; living conditions of local population in Londonderry; rationing; dinghy drill; pilot's survival equipment; story of visiting HMS Illustrious, 1999; attitude towards the navy today; finishing service at Royal Naval Air Station, St Merryn.

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