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From Ball Gowns to camoflage

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cambsaction
People in story: 
Jessie Davis
Location of story: 
Cambridge
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A4623536
Contributed on: 
30 July 2005

FROM BALL GOWNS TO CAMOFLAGE

I first came to Cambridge age seventeen I went to work with my sister making ball gowns until the war came then her husband was called up and she followed in round the camps. I went to do voluntary work with the W.I. and was guided to make camouflage nets. We had strips of yellow green and brown and we had to join them together I never ever came to the end of one of those nets. After that I got a job in the war office in St regis house on Chesterton road taking and writing down phone messages I remember noticing how many poor cows had been killed in the bombing
My future husband was a mechanic and was asked to go and help at Marshall’s airfield working on the planes to keep them flying ‘ one day after he had finished one the pilot asked him if he’d like a ride, so up he went, after a few mins the fog came down and the pilot couldn’t get back so Frank (my future husband) suggested they got lower and he would try to find a landmark, he recognised the Newmarket road and the plane landed safely. Meanwhile back at the war office I received a message to say one of Marshall’s planes had gone missing, luckily it all ended up ok

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