British aircraftwoman served with Women's Auxiliary Air Force in GB, 1941-1945
REEL 1: Background in Bristol, GB, 1922-1941: memory of soldiers begging for food after First World War; family; education; employment; period of voluntary service with Ambulance Corps; memory of air raids on Bristol and family involvement in war; reason for joining Women's Auxiliary Air Force. Aspects of training with Women's Auxiliary Air Force in GB, 1941-1942: description of uniform; basic training in Morecambe, Lancs, including dril and PT; opinion of accommodation; story of adjutant. Aspects of period with Women's Auxiliary Air Force in GB, 1942-1943: posted to RAF Honeybourne; assigned to Flight A and nature of duties.
REEL 2 Continues: daily routine and responsibilities including delivery of flying log-books; use of bicycles; amusing story of rice paper; contact with flying crews; story of woman being shot; posted to camp in Stafford; description of camp and nature of duties as clerk; problem of rheumatic fever; description of period at RAF Cranwell on signals course, 1943.
REEL 3 Continues: further description of course at RAF Cranwell including equipment; transmitting and receiving messages; use of codes. Aspects of period with Women's Auxiliary Air Force in GB, 1943-1945: posted to HQ of 9 Group Coastal Command and Combined Operations, Plymouth, 9/1943; description of conditions in tunnel and opinion of rations; question of class differences; question of strict security; description of daily duties and equipment used; increase in signals traffic during Battle of the Atlantic.
REEL 4 Continues: story of engagement to American sailor; description of preparations for D-Day and receiving first message, 6/1944; memory of seeing invasion fleet leaving Plymouth; further description of tunnel and accommodation; method of sending and receiving messages; attitude to role; posted to camp in Gillingham and memory of V1 raid; problem of working in tunnel environment; opinion of rations and problem of food poisoning.
REEL 5 Continues: posted to RAF Chivenor, 1945; opinion of rations; daily routine; story of gramophone in hut; problem of washing hair and sanitary arrangements; question of pay; purchasing civilian clothes; shopping in Plymouth; recreational activities; memory of VE Day, 5/1945. Posted to Isle of Ely.
REEL 6 Continues: story of flying in Lancaster; story of intruder in hut; memory of American fiancée. Various aspects of post-war life: employment as secretary with ICI; question of tribunal and difficulty of obtaining war pension.
REEL 7: Further recollections of period of service with Women's Auxiliary Air Force in GB, 1941-1945.