British civilian in Wembley, London, GB, 1939-1941; aircraftwoman served as direction finder served with Women's Auxiliary Air Force in GB, 1942-1945
REEL 1 Background in Paignton and Wembley, London, 1924-1941: family; education; story of bombs that missed houses and dropped in field; sheltering under stairs during air raids; morale among local people. Aspects of enlistment and training with Women's Auxiliary Air Force in GB, 1942-1943: recruitment procedure; wish to become Direction Finder operator; training at RAF Cranwell; discipline and punishment for walking hand in hand with boyfriend; rules regarding male and female relations. Aspects of period ad Direction Finding operator at Headquarters, 11 Group, RAF Kenley in GB, 1943: duties monitoring intercom between controllers and pilots. Recollections of period as Direction Finding operator at RAF Wittersham in GB, 1943-1944: attitude of men towards Women's Auxiliary Air Force replacements; shifts worked and daily routine; working conditions; Direction Finding equipment; occasion when Canadian pilot 'Buck' McNair crashed into sea and rescue operation, 7/1943; story of bomber that crashed at Coulsden, 6/1944.
REEL 2 Continues: story of loss of US aircraft and rescue of aircrew after raid on Stuttgart, 9/1943; Direction Finding procedure; attitude towards beginning of V1 attacks; description of V1s and watching them fly over; impact of V1 attacks on life at RAF Wittersham.
REEL 3 Continues: story of V1 attacks whilst visiting London, 6/1944; being accosted by flasher during blackout; feelings of personal safety despite this; washing shredded on line by V1 blast. Aspects of period as Direction Finding operator at RAF Tolleshunt D'Arcy in GB, 1944-1945: posting to station, 8/1944: V2 which landed in local field; billet at farm; food rations; story of WAAF made pregnant by American G I who abandoned her; attitude of WAAF officer towards her friend's pregnancy; question of use of radar for air-sea rescue work.