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WRAF at Newbold Revel1942 & Leighton Buzzard 1944
« on: Sunday 26 September 21 19:49 BST (UK) »
Hi,
Can anything be discerned as to what this lady did during WW2 from her comment and photo captions as below?
The photos are not mine so I have only given the captions.

"Served in the W.R.A.F (WOMEN'S ROYAL AIR FORCE) from 1939 TO 1945"
Photo caption 1 ”WRAF at Newbold Revel, Rugby 1942”,
Photo caption 2 ”The Leighton Buzzard Gang 1944”
Hughes - Llangedwyn, Llanfechain, Llanrhaiadr, Llansilin
Roberts - Llandisilio, Montgomeryshire
Davis - Caterham, Surrey
Mitchell - Windygates, Fife
Hayes - Radcliffe
Edwards - Llanyblodwell

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Re: WRAF at Newbold Revel1942 & Leighton Buzzard 1944
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 26 September 21 20:44 BST (UK) »
She would've served with the WAAF (Women's Auxiliary Air Force). The WRAF disbanded shortly after WW1, and the WAAF was formed in Sept 1939. In 1949 it was re-branded the WRAF again.

She may have been involved with (covert) communications work, based on the photo captions. Some women in the WAAF were involved in telephony, telegraphy and the interception of codes and ciphers, including at the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park.

RAF Newbold Revel was an RAF Y-station Secret Intelligence Service and German telephony communications base during the war.

RAF Leighton Buzzard was a major base for the RAF's secret communication traffic.

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Re: WRAF at Newbold Revel1942 & Leighton Buzzard 1944
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 26 September 21 21:01 BST (UK) »
No, not located any records yet. This post is my first step.
Hughes - Llangedwyn, Llanfechain, Llanrhaiadr, Llansilin
Roberts - Llandisilio, Montgomeryshire
Davis - Caterham, Surrey
Mitchell - Windygates, Fife
Hayes - Radcliffe
Edwards - Llanyblodwell


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Re: WRAF at Newbold Revel1942 & Leighton Buzzard 1944
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 26 September 21 21:16 BST (UK) »

 My son has a copy of

 The Secrets of Q Central: How Leighton Buzzard Shortened the Second World War.

 Can't find it at the moment but he says it's a good read.

  Tazzie
Liscoe -all
Green/Simpson/Underwood-Beds
Walker/Foulkes/Fookes/Fooks/Hedges/Lamborne-Bucks.
Stanton/Pattrick/Cooper/Fitzjohn/Holland/Spalding-London
 Rewallin/Underwood -Devon
 Casbolt-London/Cambridge
 Favell/Favel - Lincs-Beds

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Re: WRAF at Newbold Revel1942 & Leighton Buzzard 1944
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 26 September 21 21:27 BST (UK) »
See if your WAAF lady appears in this AIR 78 Index collection at the TNA:

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C2132

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Re: WRAF at Newbold Revel1942 & Leighton Buzzard 1944
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 26 September 21 22:08 BST (UK) »
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See if your WAAF lady appears in this AIR 78 Index collection at the TNA:
https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C2132
Tried a simple name search but no result.

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The Secrets of Q Central: How Leighton Buzzard Shortened the Second World War.
 Can't find it at the moment but he says it's a good read.
Have ordered : Our Wartime Days: The WAAF Paperback – 1 April 2009 by Escott, for some background but will keep this in mind. this would seem to get to the heart of my query so I've ordered a copy. Thanks for the tip.
Thanks both.
Hughes - Llangedwyn, Llanfechain, Llanrhaiadr, Llansilin
Roberts - Llandisilio, Montgomeryshire
Davis - Caterham, Surrey
Mitchell - Windygates, Fife
Hayes - Radcliffe
Edwards - Llanyblodwell

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Re: WRAF at Newbold Revel1942 & Leighton Buzzard 1944
« Reply #7 on: Monday 01 November 21 20:31 GMT (UK) »
Today discovered a photo (photographer "Bacon - Leighton Buzzard") sent "to my dear granny" by my Aunt is which she is wearing her WAAF Service Uniform with RAF Eagle on the shoulder (worn by men and women), brass buttons and I understand the arm badges shown mean:
 
Propeller: Rank - Leading AirCraftWoman (LACW) and the
Fist and Sparks badge which indicates her trade/specialization is that of a "wireless (which included radar) operators trade badge".
Hughes - Llangedwyn, Llanfechain, Llanrhaiadr, Llansilin
Roberts - Llandisilio, Montgomeryshire
Davis - Caterham, Surrey
Mitchell - Windygates, Fife
Hayes - Radcliffe
Edwards - Llanyblodwell