This is the second chapter of Molly’s life story.
MOLLY’S LIFE IN THE RAF
- At 16 and a half, she joined the RAF – she should have been 17 and a half but her mother helped her fiddle the forms to get in a year early.
This is June with Molly on her right
- She joined Flight Command Squadron 11 and she was called “Legs 11”, perhaps because she always liked to be around the boys.
This is Molly enjoying a “pint” with some friends”
This is Molly playing Monopoly with some Norwegian boys
Good times in the RAF with lots of different challenges and many new friends
- In the early 1950’s she was stationed in Germany. It was the time of the Berlin Airlift when there was significant tension between the Soviet Union and the rest of the Western World. The RAF played a major role in providing supplies to Berlin and Molly was stationed in Germany at the time.
- Travelling back home to Lincoln took two days on the train from Germany. Then on to a ferry from the Hook of Holland to Harwich. Then another train from London to Lincoln.
- There were lots of flights from RAF Scampton to Germany. On one occasion to get back to Germany, she charmed her way on to a “A World War 2 Lincoln Cargo Plane” which was a modified Lancaster Bomber, that gave her two extra days leave at home.
- The plane flew from RAF Scampton to Wunstorf Military Airport. Molly had to fly in the cargo hold wearing an oxygen mask and an all in one suit, because there was no heating. There were also no toilets on the plane and on one occasion, when she got to Wunstorf and got off the plane, she was desperate to go to the toilet. She ran into the toilet in the control tower and formed a major ruckus because they thought she might be carrying contraband.
- As a present from one of the air crew, she was given some Chanel No 5 perfume, which she didn’t open until she returned home. She had to get her father to help her open the bottle as it had a seal on it. In doing so, he broke the bottle and spilt the perfume all over himself.
- While in the RAF in 1950/51, Molly went skiing in Winterberg, Germany. She stayed in a hotel which cost 6 pence a day. She was taught by a Swedish army ski instructor to ski without sticks.
- Other memories of her RAF days:
One of the many cleaning jobs while in the RAF. Molly is on the back row far left
Party girls – Molly is sitting on the floor in the middle
Molly sitting on a rock in the summer in Germany where they do wild boar hunting
Molly cutting a cake with a friend. ? 18th Birthday
Molly is in the back row, second from the right with an RAF Hockey Team. In those days only public schools played hockey. Later when she moved to Coventry to work for the NHS, Molly went on to play until she was 40 on the pitches on Humber Road
- She finished life in the RAF when she was posted back to Plymouth. After three months she couldn’t settle in civvy street and decided to join the army.
Molly makes a career change in her next role – see tomorrow’s chapter!