British aircraftwoman served as wireless operator with Women's Auxiliary Air Force in GB, 1941-1945
REEL 1: Background in Yorkshire, 1922-1941: family; education; recreational activities; reaction to outbreak of war, 9/1939; memory of air raids in Sheffield; evacuated to Ashford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire; employment as nursing auxiliary; reason for enlisting with Women's Auxiliary Air Force, 1941. Aspects of training with Women's Auxiliary Air Force in GB, 1941: description of basic training at Insworth camp, Gloucester. 11/1941; drill; accommodation; attitude to military discipline; physical training; posted to Morecambe for further training; story of being selected for signals; posted to Radio School, RAF Cranwell and description of training as wireless operator; opinion of training; passing out parade. Recollections of period with Women's Auxiliary Air Force in GB, 1941-1945: description of duties as wireless operator at bomber station; shift work; use of radar.
REEL 2 Continues: posted to fighter station RAF Coltishall, 1942; training in voice diction; problem with foreign languages and accents; description of operations room; personnel; daily routine and duties; memory of crash on airfield; story of German voices; attitude to death of pilots; type of aircraft; social life and recreational activities; different nationalities; relations with pilots; uniform; comparison of day and night operations; duties working on aircraft and testing pilot's headsets; posted to Training Command station RAF Ternhill, c.1943/1944; description of duties; taking bearings; work at various satellite stations; flying accidents; posted to RAF Jurby, Isle of Man; description of station and facilities; story of flying boat crashing.
REEL 3 Continues: memory of boat journey from Fleetwood; opinion of Spitfire; recreational activities; living conditions; accommodation; uniform and clothing; washing and sanitary facilities; opinion of officers; question of privacy; relations with male colleagues; question of making complaints; opinion of food; description of cookhouse and meals; pay and expenses; comparison of British and American food and facilities; memories of home leave.
REEL 4 Continues: attitude to death among pilots; awareness of war situation; personal relationships. Reflections on period of service with Women's Auxiliary Air Force. Problem of adjusting to civilian life.