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RAF Mount Batten was situated in Plymouth, Devon The base first opened in 1917 as R.N.A.S. Cattewater Seaplane Station, being renamed Mountbatten on the 1st of October 1 1928.

During the Second World War the base was home to Catalina Flying Boats.

RAF Mount Batten closed on July 5th 1992

Squadrons stationed at RAF Mount Batten

  • No. 10 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force. April 1940 to Nov 1945
  • No: 204 Squadron. 1939 to April 1940

My mother, Jeanne K Anderson, recently passed away and going through her things in order to settle her estate has raised many questions. We knew that Mum worked intercepting German coded Morse transmissions during the war and we have a record of her having been at Chicksands Priory in March 1943 as part of Y service. She came from WTS GPO Nottingham, which we guess was Wireless Telegraphy School and following Chicksands was posted to WOS at Grange-over-Sands but we don't know what WOS means, before going on to No 7 Signals School at South Kensington. I wonder if anyone you know might remember Jean K Wallond as she was then, a Kentish hop farmer's daughter who came from near Tunbridge Wells, left the WAAF at the end of the war as a Flight Officer and married an RAAF pilot whilst serving at RAF Mount Batten. We would all be very interested in anything you could tell us about the work she might have done in Y service as she never indulged much despite two of her sons joining the Services.


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