Veteran Stories:
Dora Pepper

Air Force

  • Dora Pepper joined the Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division in 1943 and served for three years.

  • Dora Pepper (back row, fifth from left) and her unit in Toronto in 1943. During her time as a WD, Dora Pepper was posted to Halifax, Lachine, Kingston and Trenton.

  • Number 2 Training Squadron, No.7 "M" Depot, Rockcliffe, Ontario, 1943.

  • Souvenir bag from the Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division reunion in Ottawa, 1985.

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"I was glad to wear a Newfoundland flag on my shoulder, because we’d go to New York and places…"

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My name is Dora Pepper. I'm from Newfoundland, and that's where I enlisted, in St. John's. I was in Lachine and Trenton Ontario – the main station and the [No. 6] Repair Depot. I was a clerk – 'Clerk General', I think they called it. I was the only one from Newfoundland there at that time. I was glad to wear a Newfoundland flag on my shoulder, because we'd go to New York and places… probably every mile or so somebody who'd say, "Where are you from," "Oh, Newfoundland," because Newfoundland didn't belong to Canada until two or three years later than that. When I got out of the service I went back to Newfoundland, but I couldn't get a job, so they gave me an appointment with the place in Windsor, Nova Scotia. So I came to Windsor, Nova Scotia, and I took a refresher course, and then I had an interview with the Deputy Minister of Public Health. I got the job, even though they said I'd never get the job because I wasn't a Canadian. And I worked in public health for thirty-four years – the Secretary to the Minister for the last ten.
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