9th November 2016 Heroines of Defford

Malvern Radar and Technology History Society (MRATHS)

Our latest meeting saw yet more new faces rapidly engaged in reminiscing.  

We heard about several exhibitions members had supported: Porton Down’s Families Day, Malvern’s Autumn Show, Malvern’s Festival of Innovation, and our biggest to date, “Scientists in Malvern” at Malvern College.  This is an amazing record for such a small group of volunteers.

As usual, we heard about recent acquisitions, including several Infrared cameras that were on the stage to see, and boxes of reports and images.  We also saw how our sister group, FAST, from Farnborough, face different challenges in different circumstances.

Our main speaker, Bob Shaw, chair of the Defford Airfield Heritage Trust, who kindly stepped in at short notice following the unfortunate illness of our planned speaker, enthralled us with information, exploits and bravery of “Heroines of Defford” who made many valuable contributions to the war effort, not least the WRNS (who curiously routinely flew to operate radars, whereas the WAAFS did not!).

The evening finished with our customary refreshments and chats.

For further information visit: https://mraths.org.uk/.



Bob Shaw “Heroines of Defford”


Mrs Wendy Hogarth looks at her uniform which she wore 70 years ago when she married as Wren Petty Officer Jones at Defford – Credit: Katheryn Rudd