Edna Gullis lived on a farm, which is now Heathrow Airport in west London with her grandparents because her family had been wiped out by an air raid.
One night during an air raid, a bomb hit the side of their shelter and pierced 30 ft down into the ground. The bomb did not explode but unfortunately it buried the family in the shelter. The demolition squad dug her out. Edna was the only person that came out alive – she was only sixteen years old. They had heavy bombing in London every night; she lost so many friends and did not care if she lived or died!
Edna joined the WAAF (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force), working on the telephone switchboards when she reached eighteen, in Acton, London. She was then stationed at RAF Innsworth, Gloucester, after which she moved to Morecombe Bay to work along side Sarah Churchill, Winston Churchill’s daughter. Edna was then stationed at Uxbridge, where General Eisenhower had an office.
Edna married Allan in 1944 before he went to France. Allan came home in 1945 after the war and they had a daughter, followed by two sons.
Print taken from the book ‘A TIME TO FIGHT Living and Remembering WWII’