Barbara O’ConnellAfter failing to be persuaded to join the WAAF, Barbara O’Connell volunteered to join the FANY.
Barbara O’Connell – Film 1After failing to be persuaded to join the WAAF, Barbara OConnell volunteered to join the FANY. She shares details of her training to become a coder, before being sent to Grendon Underwood, Buckinghamshire, to work. They experienced awful conditions and terrible working hours, and all for no pay.
Barbara O’Connell – Film 2Barbara and her fellow FANY were put on a boat and sent to work in Algiers. Despite the possible danger of U-boats, she was more excited than scarred! Whilst based in Algiers, she became a cadet Ensign, and got to meet coders and officers from all over the world.
Barbara O’Connell – Film 3With three of her friends, Barbara was responsible for decoding messages with the Italians over the armistice, under strict supervision from their Major. Sending messages to SOE people, they knew that their jobs were very important, and Barbara has a magnificent medal to reflect her bravery and hard work. Many thanks to Barbara for sharing her story with us.
After failing to be persuaded to join the WAAF, Barbara O’Connell volunteered to join the FANY.