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  • Short Summary

    Wrens in operations control centre, WAAFs painting American bombers and in their barracks.

  • Description

    Unused / unissued material - dates and locations unclear or unknown.

    Various shots Wrens (WRNS - Women's Royal Naval Service) moving model warships around on a large map of the North sea in a Royal Navy operations control centre. M/S row of Naval officers behind desk in control centre answering phone and looking at books with pictures of planes and ships in. C/U Wren typists at work. C/U report being typed: "flash report: mission to Lille, target bombed and all ships returned safely".

    Various shots American airmen of USAF (United States Air Force) watching WAAF (Women's Auxiliary Air Force) girl painting skull and cross bones on side of bomber "Jolly Roger". Various shots of another WAAF painting bombs onto side of a bomber (to mark how many raids the plane has made), she is also watched by a group of airmen. One nice airman holds her paint pot for her!

    Various shots WAAFs in their barracks: ironing their enormous knickers, washing their stockings and wearing curlers.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1844.14
    Media URN:
    60857
    Group:
    Unissued unused
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    Sound:
    Mute
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:32:45:00 / 01:37:56:00
    Canister:
    UN 753 A

Comments (1)

  1. tootsmate says

    These are, in fact, personnel of the US Women's Army Corps at Marks Hall, Essex, known to the US Army Air Force as Station 160.

    The 'WACs' arrived there in July 1943 when it was the headquarters of the US Eighth Air Force's 3rd Bomb Wing. In November, Marks Hall was redesignated HQ IX Bomber Command of the US Ninth Air Force.

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