Blitz girl Jean makes war friends plea
PUBLISHED: 14:57 02 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:25 10 June 2010
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2: A FORMER member of the RAF's vital support staff from Brixington has asked for information about friends she hasn't seen for 60 years. Mrs Jean White, 84, of Partridge Road, Exmouth, moved from London in the 1940s following attacks by the Luftwaffe, and r
A FORMER member of the RAF's vital support staff from Brixington has asked for information about friends she hasn't seen for 60 years.Mrs Jean White, 84, of Partridge Road, Exmouth, moved from London in the 1940s following attacks by the Luftwaffe, and relocated to Sidmouth with her family.Aged just 16, in 1940 she joined the Sidmouth branch Women's Auxiliary Air Force as a postal clerk and became friends with a girl called Doreen Craig.She said: "She was stationed in Sidmouth for some time and became friendly with two people, Mary Gregory and Ron Jordan, who was in the navy."We have corresponded for over 60 years and in the last letter she mentioned the above people and wondered what had happened to them."She said she recognises the friendship was a long time ago, but added that she would be grateful if she could find out anything for her friend."I know she would be pleased. Doreen married a Canadian serviceman, and has lived in Canada since 1946, but has never forgotten her time in Sidmouth."In a way I wish she had asked me years ago, it may have been easier and there would be more chance to find the people and to trace them. "But I understand why she didn't. The older you get you tend to forget things, and maybe she was looking back and began to wonder what happened to her friends." At its peak in 1943, WAAF numbers exceeded 180,000, with over 2,000 women enlisting per week, and were tasked with packing parachutes, manning barrage balloons, and performing meteorology, radar, transport, telephonic and telegraphic duties.