Veteran Stories:
Elizabeth Kidd

Air Force

  • Unidentified members of The Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (W.R.C.N.S.), the Canadian Women's Army Corps (C.W.A.C.) and the Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division (WD) on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, July 1943. Elizabeth Kidd was in the Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division working as a wireless operator in Rivers, Manitoba. Credit: Lieut. Ken Bell / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-208583

    Credit: Lieut. Ken Bell / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-208583
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"Well, there were all the wireless operator, whether it was a male or a female, it was essential. (...) We were quite proud of our role in the scheme of things."

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Well, there was a war on and there was a lot of propaganda I suppose it was but yeah, what did you do during the war? I didn’t want to tell my grandchildren, nothing. So I guess that was why I joined. My mother was proud as punch. My dad was a little leery. And I was posted to Rivers, Manitoba and that was a navigation school [of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan]. It was fun in the off-duty. My mother kept all the letters that I wrote to her while I was in the [Royal Canadian] Air Force [Women’s Division] and now I’ve got them and the tone of those letters was as if we didn’t do anything but dance. But it wasn’t quite that way. Well, there were all the wireless operator, whether it was a male or a female, it was essential. Because that’s how the navigators were trained was by taking their positions and so on and then they’d send it back to base. We were quite proud of our role in the scheme of things.
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