Community History Collection
Speaker: Grogan, Joyce, 1923 - 0, Interviewee, Female,
Speaker: Hyde, C, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Brief background to joining Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) in 1942. Recalls enjoying training, singing in Royal Air Force band. Give reasons for volunteering abroad, recalls trip to Egypt with eight other women. Describes hectic social life as few British women at Zamalek (Egypt), comaraderie of women, rarely noticing war, having little contact with Egyptians. Recalls anti-British feeling, low key VE Day celebrations, being pleased to return to Britain but finding it dull. Reflects on feelings of men towards women in forces, officers often dating the women. Talks about 'One Night Stand' concerts in Egypt, being on bill with Tommy Cooper, general conditions. Reflects again on how dull life seemed after the war, mentions recent reunion of the women. Talks about singing with Cairo Area Military Dance Band but not having confidence to turn professional in Britain.
Place of birth: Leeds
Marital Status: , Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1940s
Recording Date: 28/7/1995
Playing time: 1 hr
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: CHCL
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