British NCO served with Women's Auxiliary Air Force in GB, 1940-1945
REEL 1 Background in Essex, GB, 1921-1940: family; education; wartime life, 1939-1945. Recollections of period with Women's Auxiliary Air Force in GB, 1940-1945: reasons for joining Women's Auxiliary Air Force; recruitment procedure; attitude of parents towards her joining Women's Auxiliary Air Force; training; uniform; reaction to military life; posting to RAF North Weald; mixed nationalities of air crews at station; taking shorthand reports from returning pilots; description of how parts from crashed planes were used to fix others; description of 'flashing beacon' system to mislead German bombers.
REEL 2 Continues: opinion of television programmes on Battle of Britain screened in 2000; foreign air crews at RAF North Weald; social life; billets; devastation of RAF North Weald by German bombers; posting to Wycombe Abbey; preparing headquarters for arrival of US 8th Air Force; question of US success in bombing raids over France; secrecy surrounding US bomb aiming equipment; impact of US airmen on Wycombe area; writing up reports of US court martial cases; move to Balloon section of Women's Auxiliary Air Force in London.
REEL 3 Continues: attitude towards office work in Balloon Command Headquarters; impact of V1 and V2 bombs; organising food and resources for balloon crews; attitude towards V1 and V2 bombs; posting to RAF Swanton Morley; end of war; demobilisation; attitude towards talking about wartime experiences today.