Who was Henrietta Barnett?

Introduction Air Commandant Dame Mary Henrietta Barnett DBE (16 February 1905 to 11 September 1985), known as Henrietta Barnett, was a senior officer of the Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF). From 1956 to 1960, she served as its director. Military Career In 1938, Barnett joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service as a volunteer (IE private), and… Read More

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What was the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force?

Introduction The Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF), whose members were referred to as WAAFs, was the female auxiliary of the Royal Air Force during World War II. Established in 1939, WAAF numbers exceeded 180,000 at its peak strength in 1943, with over 2,000 women enlisting per week. Brief History A Women’s Royal Air Force had… Read More

Establishing Women’s Military Services in Britain

Research Paper Title The Women’s Corps: The Establishment of Women’s Military Services in Britain. Abstract This thesis is an account of the ‘Women’s Corps movement’: the efforts to organise women’s non-industrial employment, which led to the establishment of women’s military services in Britain during the First World War. The author survey’s the background to their introduction both… Read More