Dorothy Runnicles – Film 1In this the first of 7 films, Dorothy talks lucidly about her family and early life as a child. She joined the WRNS in 1943 and left in 1946.
Dorothy Runnicles – Film 2Dorothy talks in superb detail about being a child evacuee. She was lucky, things could have been worse.
Dorothy Runnicles – Film 3Dorothy talks about her fathers pub in the East end of London. It wasnt just somewhere to drink Dorothys brother joined the Fleet Air Arm which influenced her decision. She talks in detail about her training in London and Warrington. Her first base was RNAS Ronaldsway on the Isle of Man.
Dorothy Runnicles – Film 4Dorothy recalls her arrival at RNAS Ronaldsway. She recalls how she learnt to drive, the hard way
Dorothy Runnicles – Film 5Dorothy recalls the loss of a Pilot friend called Jim. He flew Barracudas and to this day, Dorothy feels there was an inherent problem with its design. Dorothy talks in detail about her work. She had to respond to whatever problems the aircraft might have when they returned to base. She also recalls her first flight. It dont go as smoothly as she might have hoped
Dorothy Runnicles – Film 6As well as making sure all radio sets were serviceable Dorothy was also responsible for the blind approach beacon. After RNAS Ronaldsway, she was sent to RNAS Fearn a base situated right at the top of Scotland - these things happen for a reason
Dorothy Runnicles – Film 7Dorothy is then posted to RNAS St Merryn in Cornwall. She talks in detail about the Class system used by the WRNS. Its not something she was happy about She also talks about her life as a Wren. Post-war, Dorothy went on to become a Pacifist and is now very active in the Peace Movement. Thanks to Dorothy for spending time with me.