From December 1941 all women aged 18 to 50, except those exempted, were required to do National Service. They could either join one the uniformed women's services,or seek work in a factory.The contribution made by the women factory workers must be among the most neglected aspect of WW2.The factories were the target of enemy bombers & their homes were near those factories.They worked long hours, spent nights in air raid shelters & survived under food and fuel rationing conditions.
The crew of a No. 83 Squadron Handley Page Hampden exit the aircraft after a successful night's work over Germany, Scampton, 2 October 1940. The Hampden was one of the RAF's trio of pre-war medium bombers (the Wellington & Whitley were the others): liked by its crews, but the 3 foot wide fuselage made it very cramped.