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Female D-Day veteran: 'I wouldn't have missed it for the world'

Evelyn McKie, WAAF Credit: ITV Border

I wouldn't have missed it for the world."

– Eveyln Mckie, WAAF veteran

Evelyn McKie was just 17-years old when she decided to join the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (W.A.A.F) with a friend.

She was one of many women working in the radar service, helping to track enemy planes as they tried to attack Britain. Over five years, she helped to supply information to the 'plotters' - the people who kept an up to date record of aircraft movements.

  • What is radar?

Radar was developed during the Second World War and was the main system that detected the range, angle and velocity of any ship or aircraft in the area.

Evelyn's first position was training in the Highlands of Scotland on a quiet radar base, but she was soon sent to the Isle of Man.

After 18 months on the island, she was then posted to the Isle of Wight. On a rainy day, she remembers waking up to discover hundreds of war-ships in the channel outside of her base. It was the 6 June 1944 - an iconic day in history.

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