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Podcast 121: Oral History Special No. 5

Thu, 1 Apr 2021
Overview
Hear WAAF Daphne Canning's extraordinary story

 

Our Veterans who served in one of the three women’s auxiliary services during World War Two are always proud of their particular branch and WAAF Daphne Canning is no exception. When Oral History Officer Jonathan Byrne interviewed her in 2017 she was still proud to have worn her ‘Sparks’ badge; the insignia of a Royal Air Force Wireless Operator.

These Oral History Specials allow us to bring you the complete recordings of interviews we have previously featured only as much shorter versions. In this episode, Daphne, who volunteered at 17½, tells us about becoming a Wireless Operator, then later a Morse Slip Reader and also how she survived being hit by a V1 rocket.

In this interview, Daphne also tells us about her father and her husband who worked as Wireless Operators helping the Codebreakers at Bletchley Park.

Image, courtesy of Mrs Daphne Canning.

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