Women's Royal Air Force


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Characters Ali Smith
The titular story pursues the themes of discovery and the nature of love through a young woman's first sexual encounter with a female prostitute in Amsterdam. A Story of Folding and Unfolding has poignant...
Education Enid Bagnold
This small, progressive school, which emphasized the study of art, literature, and theatre, was founded and headed by Julia (Mrs Leonard) Huxley , mother of Aldous Huxley and sister of the novelist Mary Augusta Ward
Employer Christine Brooke-Rose
During the Second World War CBR joined the WAAF and was posted to the intelligence operation at Bletchley Park, Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, as an Information Officer to decoding intercepted enemy messages.
“Contemporary Authors”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Centre-LRC.
Birch, Sarah. Christine Brooke-Rose and Contemporary Fiction. Clarendon Press, 1994.
Family and Intimate relationships Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
SACD 's daughter Jean Lena Annette (1912–1997) rose later to the rank of Air Commandant, to head the Women's Royal Air Force , and to be made a Dame. In middle age she married and...
Family and Intimate relationships Ali Smith
AS 's mother, Ann Smith , was born in the town of Limavady, Northern Ireland. Raised a Catholic, Ann was the penultimate of seven children, at least two of whom lived in Inverness during...
Health Ann Bridge
By the early 1960s AB had had two coronaries. Her health had generally been good, though she had spent some months in 1943 flat on her back with a slipped disc, and after months of...
Occupation Margaret Haig, Viscountess Rhondda
She was the liaison between the ministry and the Women's Land Army , Women's Legion , Voluntary Aid Detachment and others. In her practice as well as in memoranda to Lord Milner , the Secretary...
Occupation Margaret Haig, Viscountess Rhondda
She had been dissatisfied with the coverage of the suffrage campaign by the daily newspapers, and she felt that a weekly journal was better equipped to give something of a considered opinion because writers would...
Occupation Berta Ruck
She said she got this assignment by accident: Someone had blundered and confused her with her cousin Barnard Darwin , who was also a novelist. She was relieved to find, when she was somewhere in...


April 1918
The Women's Royal Air Force was established, with Violet Douglas-Pennant serving as its First Commandant, taking over from Gertrude Crawford 's tenure of less than a year.
1 April 1918
The Women's Royal Air Force (WRAF) was founded to employ those women who had worked at air stations during the First World War as members of the British naval or military female forces, the Women's...
28 June 1939
The Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) was established for duty with the all-male Royal Air Force (RAF) in time of war. It was mobilized two months later, and in the Second World War gave a...
19 July 1940
Daphne Pearson , a corporal in the WAAF , became the first woman to win the Empire Gallantry Medal, for rescuing a pilot from a crashed and burning plane.
William Earl Johns , author of popular boys' adventure books about an airman called Biggles, introduced his female equivalent: Worrals of the W.A.A.F.
19 June 1941
The Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF, later the Women's Royal Air Force) and the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS, later the Women's Royal Army Corps) were granted military status.