Interview with Margaret Saint

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Interview with Margaret Saint

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Margaret Saint was employed by Airworks Limited as a civilian office worker throughout the Second World War, and met her future husband, Trevor, an air gunner, who she married in June 1945.
Daughter of a Welsh miner, the family moved to the Cotswolds following the Depression in the 1920s. Attending Cheltenham Technical School, Margaret became proficient in typing and bookkeeping. Upon leaving school she obtained employment in the office of the RAF (volunteer reserve) and when war broke out, moved to Staverton airfield, working in the office of the commanding officer.
In 1942, Staverton became a military unit and Margaret moved to Booker, near Marlow. Here, future glider pilots were taught the basics of flying with powered aircraft. Initially working in the airfield Watch Office, before again being transferred to the commanding officer's office.
It was here she met her future husband who was a local resident. Trevor joined the RAF in 1941, and following initial training was stationed at RAF Halton assembling Hurricanes that arrived in kit form from Canada. Having been selected for pilot training, Trevor became frustrated with waiting to be allocated a course and when offered the chance to become an air gunner, accepted. Once qualified, he served a full tour with 514 Squadron on Lancasters operating out of Waterbeach.
Margaret enjoyed her time at Booker. Her social life was busy and only experienced a couple of air raids. However, she was able to witness the sky being illuminated towards London during raids on the capital. Being a civilian, clothing and food coupons were a challenge, and her fellow workers used to swop dresses for dances.
Margaret left employment at Booker after she married, and Trevor demobbed in the summer of 1946. He joined the family business and became a master tailor.

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IBCC Digital Archive

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2018-02-12

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01:17:30 audio recording

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Chris Brockbank, “Interview with Margaret Saint,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed August 1, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/11567.

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