Community History Collection
Speaker: Chapman, Joyce, - , Interviewee, Female, Retail Assistant; Women's Auxiliary Air Force;
Speaker: , Interviewer,
Summary of interview item: Recalls joining World War II war effort, commencing with Air Raid Precautions (ARP) as an Ambulance Attendant. Gives brief account of joining the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) [referred to as Royal Air Force (RAF)] as Equipment Assistant in Technical Stores, listing various RAF stations in England where she was stationed. Mentions leisure activities, including dances and bingo, and comments on uniform. Gives thumbnail sketch about volunteering for Foreign Service and being sent to Bombay [Mumbai], India. Briefly evokes first impressions of Bombay, including smells and clothes to buy. Notes taking part in Victory in Europe (VE) parade, going on hill leave to Coonoor, Western Ghatts and feeling of relief when atom bomb was dropped [on Hiroshima]. Mentions wanting to continue in air force but having to return to ‘Civvy Street’. Conveys belief that gender relations in RAF were positive. Outlines foods eaten in RAF Mess hall and restaurant in India, despite dislike of curry. Notes marriage in 1948 with initial housekeeping money of two pounds and ten shillings.
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Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1940s,
Recording Date: 27/4/1994
Playing time: 15 mins
Access Restrictions: Full Clearance Item Copyright: CHCL
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