Visit from former WAAF Rosemary Cruddas

We were very pleased today to receive a visit from Rosemary Cruddas, a WAAF who was based at Biggin Hill during 1943-44. She came to Biggin Hill aged 18 and worked as a plotter. She found her work very interesting and she kindly shared with us a picture of the Biggin Hill operations room in 1944. She spoke fondly of her time here, going to dances and socialising with the pilots. Her friend Jacqueline was the girlfriend of one of Biggin Hill’s most well known fighter pilots, Al Deere. She reminded us of how scary the war could be as she recalled the bombs raining down on her house in Crystal Palace before she joined up.
We would like to thank Rosemary for taking the time to share her memories with us and hope she enjoyed her visit.