Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force
|Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force|
WAAAF Recruiting Poster
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The Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF) was formed in March 1941 after considerable lobbying by women keen to serve and by the Chief of the Air Staff who wanted to release male personnel serving in Australia for service overseas. The WAAAF was the first and largest of the World War II Australian Women's Services. It was disbanded in December 1947.
Not long after World War II was declared in 1939, the Royal Australian Air Force had an urgent need for more skilled and semi-skilled signals and maintenance personnel to fulfil its wartime commitments to the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) for local defence in Australia.
On 4 February 1941, the formation of an air force women's auxiliary was approved by the War Cabinet. It had taken 14 months of difficult discussion and opposition to achieve this final outcome.
The formation of the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF) set a precedent for the formation of other women's service organisations such as The Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS) and the Women's Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS).
- Australian Women's Land Army
- Australian Women's Army Service
- Women's Royal Australian Naval Service
- Female roles in the World Wars
- Women's Royal Australian Air Force
- Women's Auxiliary Air Force - UK example established 1939
- Royal Australian Air Force. "Women in Air Force". Retrieved 2008-10-14.
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