RAF Drem had a large WAAF contingent. Women's Auxiliary Air Force personnel were employed
in most areas of the airfield, and not purely in an administrative role. WAAF officers worked
on codes and cyphers. Other WAAF trades included Armourer, Flight Mechanic (airframe and engine),
Instrument Mechanic and Repairer, Motor Transport Driver and Mechanic, Photographer, Wireless and
Radio Operator, Cook, Fabric Worker (balloons and parachutes), Clerk, Pay Accounting,
Aircrafthand, Bomb Plotter, Cine Operator, Pigeon Keeper, Workshop Hand, and so on. One of
their most famous roles was that of Plotter in Radio-Location - working in underground
Their presence at Drem was indispensible, as it was at all RAF stations during the war.
When Drem became HMS Nighthawk, the WAAF role was taken over by their nautical sisters of the
Women's Royal Naval Service, better known as "Wrens".
The WAAF accommodation site is now occupied by the Fenton Barns Retail Village, their mess being the building which now houses the RAF Drem Collection and Exhibition.