Radar Days – experiences of a WAAF RDF operator in World War II

ISBN 1-873203-49-7
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by Gwen Arnold
A former WAAF Radar Operator recalls her experiences while serving at Bawdsey Manor RDF Station during WW2.

Illustrated with historic photos, this well written memoir contains a wealth of information potentially valuable to historians and researchers interested in the pioneer days of Radar in World War II but is also an engaging story that can be enjoyed as a nostalgic depiction of life for those serving in the WAAF during the war years.

Gwen Arnold takes her readers on an entertaining journey from her formative years in the seaside town of Bournemouth to her wartime role at Bawdsey Manor RDF Station near Felixtowe in Suffolk, where she was stationed for most of the war.

On the way there are humorous and well-observed vignettes of her family life, her first experiences of employment in her home town, her early romantic liaisons and her induction into the armed forces... all of which combine into an evocative snapshot of the period.

In common with many young women of her generation, Gwen's search for a suitable young man with whom to spend the rest of her days was played out against a background of bombs, blackouts, curfews and 48-hour passes, with snatched moments of relaxation and romance amongst long weeks and months spent ‘doing her bit for the war effort’ – which in her case involved working with early versions of the Radio Direction Finding (RDF) equipment that would later become known as Radar, monitoring the movements of Allied and enemy aircraft and shipping in the North Sea.

details softback / 180 pages text plus photos
readership suitable for anyone
genre wartime memoir / raf memoir / ww2 memoir