June 2019 marks 80 years since the formation of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF). On display outside of Teleprinter Building, a new summer display commemorates the wartime service of these women and uncovers the contribution the WAAF made at Bletchley Park and beyond during World War Two.
The new pop-up display charts the growth of the WAAF at Bletchley Park and explains the importance of the communications role they played here. 75% of the workforce at Bletchley Park were women, occupying a variety of roles from civilians and government clerks to members of the women’s armed services.
The WAAFs posted to Bletchley Park mostly worked in communications at Teleprinter Operators, Wireless Operators and Morse Slip Readers. Further afield, WAAFs worked at ‘Y Stations’ (secret listening posts throughout the UK), intercepting wireless signals which were sent to ‘Station X’ (the codename for Bletchley Park).