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15 October 2014
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A WAAF at Bentley Priory

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People in story: 
Mary Hulse (nee Westlake)
Location of story: 
Bentley Priory, Middlesex
Background to story: 
Royal Air Force
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Contributed on: 
09 May 2005

"I joined the war effort as a WAAF in 1942. I started on general duties and then got promoted to special duties at Bentley Priory, handling intelligence. My father used to moan why the Allies weren’t doing this or that and I used to have to keep quiet. I remember one night we were extremely busy, all the top brass had arrived, this time I didn’t know what was going on. It turned out this was the night they discovered the V2 sites at Peenemunde.

I remember we had Glenn Miller there to do a concert, it may have been the 5th Anniversary of the WAAF’s. On V.E day I went up to London and celebrated."

This story was submitted to the People's War website by Steve Turner a Peoples War Story gatherer with the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Action Desk. It was submitted at Duxford Museum during their VE celebrations on behalf of Mary Hulse and has been added to the site with her permission.

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