Dorothy Roy in uniform, Ottawa 1943.Dorothy Roy
Dorothy Roy standing with her mother, Mrs. Marriott, in New Liskeard, Ontario, 1944.Dorothy Roy
Dorothy Roy in Calgary, Alberta on June 27, 2010.Historica Canada
Certificate authorizing Dorothy Roy as a courier of Top Secret documents, 1944.Dorothy Roy
Dorothy Roy stands next to the pilot who took her up in the Cessna Crane behind them, 1944.Dorothy Roy
"I felt relieved to be on my own and it just made you feel that you were somebody, I guess."
I just had this awful urge to… I wanted to be in there to help out. And I was in Timmins, Ontario, my mother was there and she was going to go with me. And I couldn’t go with her; I felt I had to do it on my own. So after a week or so, I was down at Toronto visiting a friend. The first thing I ended up was at the recruiting centre and they said, can you come in by - this was a Monday or Tuesday - and they said, can you come in by Saturday? And I said, right on. So I was in right away.
I went right to Trenton and got initiated in there, like you know. It was a nice, nice place, and we done all our training and that. And then after that, I forget how long afterwards, I got a posting to Ottawa, [Royal Canadian Air Force] Headquarters. And I was there ever since.
Yes, I was a stenographer. I was under… Group Captain [Albert Oliver] Adams was my officer. And we worked with Air Vice Marshall [Alan] Ferrier, that’s the top one of the service. And he was just the next door down from me so I had to go to his place quite often. They had sworn you in as a secret officer and they just gave you that award or that [designation], so that nobody could question you if you were in the wrong place.
So I used to have to carry secret documents. I felt relieved to be on my own and it just made you feel that you were somebody, I guess. You had to make your own decisions and it helped quite a bit, because I was a very shy person. So I got along really good.