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Operation Overlord

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Elizabeth Woodin ("Rusty Bladen")
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08 November 2005

I joined the WAAF just after I was eighteen. H.Q. No.85., was the first contingent of WAAF to be posted to Normandy after D Day. I was Cpl.Clk/GD (Tech) and was one of the first WAAF to be posted to this group to work for The Group Captain for whom I had worked since I joined. I was stationed at HQFC at RAF Bentley Priory and on Saturday 19th February was posted to HQ No 85 Group at Uxbridge.

During my time at Uxbridge, I remember typing lots of stencils for "Operation Overlord" and every item I typed was preceded by "D +" and a figure. Little did I know at the time what all this meant and that I was typing the phasing-in instructions for the Group's aircraft and equipment to go on to the continent after D Day.

For security reasons, these stencils had to be locked away each night and their "safe place" was just a wooden stationary cupboard!

This story was submitted to the People's War website by Helena Noifeld of BBC Radio Kent and has been added to the website on behalf of Elizabeth Woodin with her permission. She fully understands the site's terms and conditions.

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