Young woman being sworn in to WAAAF

The Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF) provided support to the Air Force in non-combat roles. Women served in a wide range of technical jobs - radio, ground control and aircraft maintenance - which would have been off-limits to them in peacetime. The poster in the background emphasizes the solidarity of Commonwealth nations in the war.


Photographer unknown, c.1942


Accession number: H98.105/476


From the State Library of Victoria's Pictures collection. Gift of The Age (Melbourne, Vic.), 1976.


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Roles for women in WWII