Interview with Iris McClements. Two

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Interview with Iris McClements. Two

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Iris McClements remembers being issued with a gas mask at the age of 11, before the war started. Her family moved to Eldwick when she was about 13 to avoid the bombs. She joined the Women’s Junior Air Corps and recalls being issued with a bucket, stirrup pump, and helmet for fire watching. Iris joined the Royal Observer Corps after passing the entrance exam in 1944. She was based in York and lived on an ex-World War One motor launch. Her role as a plotter was to listen to information from the spotters via headphones and place it on to the plotting table. This included the number of aircraft, direction of travel, height, and whether they were friendly or hostile. This was to give warning of enemy operations or to track operations heading to Germany. She worked eight hour shifts which changed each week. The spotters in the outposts were also watching for crashing aircraft so the crash sites could be identified, and Iris visited a couple of these sites. In her time off she went dancing, swimming and to the cinema.

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IBCC Digital Archive

Date

2018-02-22

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00:46:06 audio recording

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AMcClementsI180225

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Susanne Pescott, “Interview with Iris McClements. Two,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 30, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/11395.

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