SOCIAL enterprise Big Heritage has launched a national appeal to track down the brave Wrens (members of the Women's Royal Naval Service) or WAAFs
(members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force) who worked in Liverpool's Western Approaches bunker - where the crucial Battle of the Atlantic was won during WWII.
ONE of Tyneside's last surviving WAAFs
- who kept a secret map which saved men's lives - has died at the age of 95.
My late husband served eight years in the RAF and I served in the WAAFs
and we both worked very hard to buy our own place and to bring our family up.
I have so far managed to track down 14 former World War 2 WAAFs
who served here and around 35 1950s airmen and a couple of officers.
ON FRIDAY May 3 the ladies who served in the uniform of blue in the WAAFs
at RAF stations, both at home and overseas, hold their monthly meeting at the Royal Warwicks Club, Tower Street, Coventry, at noon.
My mother Kathleen Hughes (nee Malbon), from Bury, Lancashire, married my dad Ted Hughes in 1946 in Bury and someone did this drawing as my mom was in the WAAFs
from 1942, reaching rank of Leading Aircraft Woman.
With the WAAFs
also playing a pivotal role in the control of incoming aircraft, the sisters recall times spent at the Lakatamia airfield, just outside Nicosia working as liaison support while planes touched down.
The tensions amongst senior commanders are explained, so are the roles of WAAFs
and the Fleet Air Arm.
In my time, the ATS, Wrens and WAAFs
did a splendid job defending our country - but they didn't see action.
It tells the extraordinary stories of air and ground crew, as well as WAAFs
and aircraft factory workers.
Visitors can re-live the times of 1940s Liverpool with an insight into the life and work of the Wrens and Waafs
Records show that 187 WAAFs
(Women's Royal Auxiliary Air Force) were killed in raids on RAF bases in the war.