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Women in the British WAAF

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WWII British poster: Serve in the WAAF

Serve in the WAAF

The WAAF (Women's Auxiliary Air Force) was the British all women auxiliary unit of the Royal Air Force during World War II.

These women did not serve as aircrew or in combat but worked in related jobs such as manning barrage balloons, parachute packing, communications and transport. Other duties included working with reconnaissance photos codes and ciphers.

During the Battle of Britain, their work as plotters in the operation rooms was invaluable. Women in the WAAF were paid two-thirds the wage of a male of equal rank.

Recruitment poster for WAAF from the 1940s. "Serve in the WAAF with the men who fly."