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There were 74,000 Wrens (Women's Royal Navy) by the end of the war. Unlike the woman of the ATA and WAAF, they didn't receive the same pay as their male colleagues and were not allowed onboard ship.

They could, however, command and crew harbour launches and serve as coastal mine spotters, a dangerous and important job. Like the WAAF they were involved in plotting battle progress in the operations room. They trained as welders, carpenters, signalers, engineers and radar operators.

"The Wrens of the Fleet Air Arm, perform a multitude of warlike tasks, they do almost every job on some stations except actually fly on operations against the enemy. Flying duties do come with the routine of some of these Wrens. Like the girls who take aerial photographs on training operations and during target practice."

Extract from Flying Wrens - Women at War! The Illustrated Magazine November 14, 1942

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