Episode 151 – Connie Bickford

Guest: Connie Bickford
(Constance Elsie Bickford, Wartime WAAF 2003787, known as “Lucky”)

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 9th of June 2017

Released:  7th of July 2017

Duration: 1 hour 24 minutes 4 seconds

In this episode Dave Homewood talks with 97-year-old WWII Women’s Auxiliary Air Force member Connie Bickford. Connie was a window dresser in London before she joined the British WAAF and was trained as a plotter and a RADAR Operator. Her training in these specialist roles took place at Portreath in Cornwall, and then she was posted to a RADAR section at Swannage, in Dorset. She also served at RAF Colerne.

Connie’s memories of the war, her work, her bending of the WAAF rules, her marriage to a Spitfire pilot and much more make for a very rich and enjoyable episode.

Thanks to Lance Bickford and Gary at New Zealand Warbirds Association’s Office for their valued assistance in setting up this interview!

1 comment to Episode 151 – Connie Bickford

  • I really enjoyed your interview, such a change to hear and a delight to listen to.

    Had me gripped to listen to and a delight to hear your side of the history of radar use and WW2.

    I wish you well,

    Best regards,


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