Sergeant Georgina Stone - Funny Tales From Her Time In The RAF.

Georgina Stone was born on the 4th October 1919. She was one of three children. Ron was a couple of years younger than her, and Barbara came along nearly eleven years later.

She grew up in a house full of love and laughter, with eleven aunts and uncles visiting at all times of the day. In fact her mother, Rose Stone opened her house to so many people it must have been wonderful.

With a sense of fun she took over the house and made everyone feel at home. Her husband george was in the army so she felt that she was doing her bit.

Georgina was used to Military Personnel wandering through the front door of the house because her mother Rose had kept an open door for soldiers of the first world war to come and stay there on leave.

There were mittens laying around on the tables, scarves being frantically knitted and boxes full of food to give to the Troops when they returned to camp. Rose never had a lot, but what she had she gladly gave to the war effort. Georgina took it all in and vowed to join up as soon as she was old enough.

In 1939, war broke out and Georgina remembered her vow. So off she went and joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, or WAAFs as its known today. She became a Tele Op Girl or telephone operator, and rose to the ranks of Sergeant.

But that didn't stop her having fun!

Sergeant Georgina Stone  Stationed North Weald Epping Forest 1939-45 property and copyright of Melanie L. Nell Rose
Sergeant Georgina Stone Stationed North Weald Epping Forest 1939-45 property and copyright of Melanie L. Nell Rose | Source

My Mum The Sergeant

By now you have probably gathered that Georgina was my mother. And being my mother its blatantly obvious to me that the funny stuff i.e. getting up to all sorts of nonsense, runs in the family.

Of course it was a serious time. Living and working on a working airbase wasn't easy. She watched Spitfires and Wellington bombers take off, not knowing whether the young men would be coming home. She was scared to form too much of an attachment with anyone just in case.

But being aware of the dangers facing them, the young pilots would have as much fun and laughter as they could before being called out to fly across Germany and fight for their Country.

So of course my mother got involved in most of the mischief that was going on at the base. Well she would, she was my mother!

Spitfire The best Airforce plane in the world. public domain
Spitfire The best Airforce plane in the world. public domain

Her First Excursion In A Spitfire!

There were a few days in the week when it was more quiet than normal. Because the pilots were always on edge waiting for the call, they decided to take the WAAFs up in the planes. My mother decided in her wisdom that yes she wanted to go up in a Spitfire. So, pushing her way to the front of the queue she said, 'Please let me be first'. Little did she know she had to wear a parachute!

Standing listening to the instructions on how to put the darn thing on, she shoved the pilot out the way and said, ' I can do it, I am not stupid' Grinning all the time while she was fiddling with the links. Next second a great big Norwegian guy came strolling across the airfield. Seeing her get in a muddle he reached over and without a how do you do, grabbed the shute between her legs and pulled!

Next second my mother was laying flat on her back, legs in the air and her skirt halfway up her thighs! All the girls started laughing, and my mum was in so much hysterics she couldn't get up. Eventually life, limb and dignity were recovered and she had her flight in the Spitfire! The Norwegian pilot did apologise to her afterwards, and bought her a drink.

WAAFs at 635 Squadron R.A.F. Downham Market
WAAFs at 635 Squadron R.A.F. Downham Market | Source

The Great Escape!

One evening after eating in the Mess, the other WAAFs decided that they were going into the nearest village for a drink. They were allowed out one night a week.

My mother decided that she wanted to go too, and was getting dressed in her uniform when she was told that no, she was needed that night, and had to take over from another WAAF who had other duties.

My mother, not to be outdone, decided in her wisdom or lack of, to get the work done and join the other girls.

Unfortunately the gates had been locked, so she and another girl decided to take a short cut across the fields, and crawl under the fence!

After sneaking out the air base, they crept across the field and started to crawl under the wire. Next second my mother yelled' 'Help, I'm stuck!'

'Whats wrong with you? whispered her friend? 'I have got the wire caught in my pants!' My mother hissed! Struggling out of the wire, she heard a rip and then a very loud voice yell,

SERGEANT STONE! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?' Scrambling to her feet she came face to face with her superior officer!

Grabbing my mother by the lapels, she marched her back to camp and gave her the biggest telling off she could! Suffice to say my mother was grounded for a week and ended up doing kitchen duty!


CZH Pilot Serving with the RAF with his Mascot Pet Dog source Mission4today.com
CZH Pilot Serving with the RAF with his Mascot Pet Dog source Mission4today.com
WaaFs on a bycicle  public domain
WaaFs on a bycicle public domain

Chased By A Spitfire!

The WAAFs always rode their bikes across the air field to get into work. But they had to make sure that they looked out for the flying flag. When it was high on the Raf pole they knew that they had to stay around the perimeter fence.

On this particular day my mother was a bit late for duty. So of she went on her bike not taking any notice of the flag position.

Next second she heard this deep rumbling coming from behind her. To her horror, she saw a Spitfire about to land! The pilot spotted her peddling madly across the tarmac and with a grin and a wave, deliberately chased her right up to the field edge.

Her legs were going nineteen to the dozen until right at the edge she fell of her bike and straight down into the mud! Stumbling to her feet, hat all askew, she heard all the pilots laughing so hard they couldn't stand up!

Trying to regain her dignity she pulled down her jacket, smoothed off her skirt and stormed past them into the main office huffing and puffing all the way!

German Fighter Pilot Uniform 1940s
German Fighter Pilot Uniform 1940s | Source

A German Ghost Comes Calling!

Stationed at RAF North Weald Epping Forest Essex England, my mother got to know all the pilots, WAAFs and officers very well.

They had a good camaraderie. British, Norwegians, Canadians and later Americans, they all knuckled down and got on famously.

But my mum loved them all, and as she told me with a glint in her eye one evening sitting at home by the fire reminising, 'I think I must have dated a man from every country! Oh it was grand back then!'

Then she told me the story of the german ghost!

One night in 1943, the planes were out on their night raids. Two girls were left in the telephone operating room. One was my mother, and the other girl was a small slip of a thing, my mothers words.

It was winter and the mist was coming up over the tarmac and sliding up past the windows. It was also eerily silent. They had heard that a german had been captured the day before after his plane had been shot down. He was in the cells, and rumor said that he had died.

Suddenly my mother heard a noise by the door leading to the corridors. Jumping up she headed towards it only to be confronted by a man in uniform with a gun!

'HALT' He yelled and pointed for them to sit down. To her shock she realised he was wearing a german uniform! Slowly he came towards them whispering 'ver hav' you put my plane? The young girl screamed and passed out on the floor!

My mother, to her credit, did the opposite. She raced across the room, tackled him to the floor and started yelling, 'Somebody help! I think I just caught a german ghost! Next second the 'ghost' started laughing, and he laughed and laughed so hard that he knocked my mother straight over onto the floor.

In sheer disbelief my mother just stared. Until he said in a very American accent, 'Gotcha there didn't I? It was an American pilot! Now my mother wasn't going to take this laying down, literally! She started thumping him! 'You b....d'! you nearly gave us a heart attack! By this time ten more pilots strolled in clutching their stomachs laughing so hard they couldn't stand up properly!

After waking the fainting girl up, my mother saw the funny side of it. But she got her own back big time! When they all went of to the Officers quarters for a drink she stole their hats and put them in the store cupboard! She said, and I quote:

'You should have seen them running around like headless chickens trying to find their flight hats! It was even funnier when they all got a good telling off for not wearing their uniforms in a public place!

My mother still thought it was funny 60 years after the event. And by the way? The german officer was fine, that was just a story told by the pilots. He was unharmed after crashing his plane!

Boogie Woogie!

King Haakon VII, of Norway Also known as Prince Carl became king in 1905 b1872-d1957 public domain
King Haakon VII, of Norway Also known as Prince Carl became king in 1905 b1872-d1957 public domain

Fit For A King!

Working on a R.A.F. in the second world war was a heartbreaking business. Friends who they grew to love, work with and generally have a good time could be cut down within a few moments during a terrible air battle.

Laughing has always been regarded as the best medicine in any situation, but in these hard times it meant much more to all the air staff, crew and waafs. There were many times when they played jokes on each other, trying to out do the last joke. But I believe my mother out did them all.

The King And I

One day on a return trip to base after weekend leave, Georgina headed towards the meeting place of her last lift on the journey. All the RAF crew, men and women relied on the big lorries taking stores to camp or the local shops.

Most of these were either English or American guys. My mother loved the 'yanks' as she called them. They always had big jars of fruit, candy and stockings so she looked forward to her lift with them. This particular day she missed her lift and decided to walk back to camp. It was about four miles and the weather was dire.

Suddenly a large car drew up beside and they driver leaned out of the window.

'Excuse me Sergeant, would you like a lift'? He asked.

My mother could see the back window of the car was dark, so she couldn't see who was inside. Nodding her head and thanking him she clambered into the passenger seat. Turning round and looking over her shoulder she could see a very distinguished man with a very large mustache.

He nodded to her, smiled and then asked if she was enjoying her work. She smiled and said yes thank you, then turned back and the journey continued in silence.

Eventually they arrived at North Weald Air Base. She noticed all the waafs and pilots were lined up on parade. Strange she thought. Why at this time of the day?

Opening the door to the car, she climbed out and thanked the driver and the passenger for the lift. The man in the back smiled and said 'That was a pleasure, I am sure I will see you in a moment'.

She noticed he had an accent, but wasn't sure what it was. Clambering out the car she walked over towards the parade line. All eyes were on her.

As she approached them she noticed a look of shock on their faces. What? She whispered to the waaf next to her. Turning around she realised the man had got out of the car and was striding towards them.

ATTENTION! The parade stood to attention and waited for the next instructions. There was complete silence as the man approached them.

AT EASE! Relaxing in line she turned to see the man smiling at her. All eyes were getting bigger and bigger by this time.

'It was a pleasure being able to help one of our brave hardworking service women'. He stated. Then moved on inspecting the troops. He then walked back to the car and was driven away.

DISMISS!

By this time my mother was in a state of shock. The other waafs clustered round her.

'How did you swing that one'? They asked in astonishment! 'Its not every day one of us manage to get a lift in with the King of Norway!

60 years on and the smile on my mothers face was a picture. I could see by her eyes that were shining so brightly, that she knew she had won with the best trick in the world.


We'll Meet Again - Vera Lynn

Sergeant Georgina Stone North Weald Airbase property of nell rose copyright nell rose
Sergeant Georgina Stone North Weald Airbase property of nell rose copyright nell rose | Source

My Mother My Hero.

This was a tribute to my mother who loved her time in the Airforce. Along with my uncle who was also a Sergeant in the Airforce. He sadly died when his Wellington Bomber got shot down over Scotland.

My dad was in the Army, he was a Corporal and suffered a shot wound to his arm. They are all my hero's. I couldn't be more proud of them. They are all gone now. But never ever forgotten.

I told you mum that I would write it. I hope I did you proud.

In tribute to all those Airmen and Women, Army Navy and Civilians who lost their lives in the First and Second World War. And all those who served our Country and returned home.

We will never forget them.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Nell, brill hub - your mam sounds like she'd be a really good laugh! Imagine a lift off a monarch :o) I think the fact she was the same with him as anyone else tells me all I need to know about her. I bet they had to all stay cheerful and see the funny side of things given the work they got to do. I am going to put a link to this hub in my own WAAF hub if that's ok - I included quite a few real life experiences in that one but your mum's is so funny, I would like to send people here as well!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Like mother, like daughter is all I could think while reading your tribute. She sounds like quite the spitfire! Thank you for sharing your mum with us :)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Jools, yes my mother was hilarious, shes gone now nearly 13 years, but I still miss her so much. thanks so much for reading and linking, I will do the same if that's okay?


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Yup, no probs- they make nice 'bookends'.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Yes, you did her proud! Your Mum must be smiling...she not only knows you're her daughter in thought and action but she's beaming at this lovely, funny tribute!

Voted up, useful, funny, awesome, and beautiful.


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

You certainly did your mother proud Nell, and all those other brave souls that fought for their country. I can see where you get your sense of fun from as well.

Thanks for sharing this with us.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Linda, just came back indoors! phew! been out all afternoon so thanks so much for your comments, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Jools!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks tills, I hope somehow she would know that I did this, I still miss her so much, thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi christopher, thanks so much, I just promised her when she was still alive that one day I would write about her, shes been gone a long time now, but I never forgot, thanks nell


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

You certainly did your mother and all veterans justice with this honorary hub. Thank you for sharing your family and your sense of laughter :)


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Sharkye11 4 years ago from Oklahoma

This was a wonderful hub! I smiled all the way through reading it. I love that she rode with a King and didn't even know it. What an amazing memory that must have been for her!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi keith, thanks so much, I think my mum would have liked it, hope so anyway! lol!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Sharkye, lol! yes it did make me laugh too! thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks navjot, glad you liked it, nell


IntegrityYes 4 years ago

That is a powerful and emotional tribute. I definitely voted up.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks for reading Integrity, and I am so glad you liked it, nell


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

I loved reading about your mum and her stories from WWII. I can definitely see where you got your sense of humor and personality from. Loved ti truly Nell and of course voted up, shared and tweeted too!!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Janine, thanks so muh, I am really proud of her, and her humor! lol!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Nell-this was just beautiful. I'm teary eyed reading the end of it, but lots of laughter throughout. My youngest daughter is waiting for me to return to Michigan to 'take over' with the kids when she joins the U.S. Air Force. It's been a dream of hers for a few years now.

Beautiful tribute to your mother and wonderful historical photos to go along with it. Your mom must have been a real crack up! Rated up/and all across. :)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi navjot, that's great that you are promoting your blog, there are loads of hubs on here that will give you the info you need, just go to topics to take a look, okay?


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Denise, Wow! tell your daughter good luck from me, she is joining the best of the best, and she will love it, and thanks so much for reading, yes my mother had a terrific sense of humor! lol!


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Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina

Wonderful Hub and Tribute to your mom! What an incredible life your mom had and I'm sure she would love this! Thanks for sharing!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Better, thanks so much, yes she was quite the woman in her time and her sense of humor was so funny, glad you liked it, and thank you.


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JamaGenee 3 years ago from Central Oklahoma

What a wonderful (and hilarious!) tribute to your mum! I've been researching how Brit women, children and men too old to serve got through WWII with their sanity intact. As an American born after the war, I can't imagine what life was like for those "left behind". The years of almost-constant bombing...the deprivations of rationing...not to mention the threat of invasion. Women like your mum should've gotten awards for keeping up morale during that horrible time! Voted UP and awesome! ;D


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Jama, thanks so much, yes I agree they did go through so much back then, and the london bombings were terrible, every night for 6 years! can you imagine? we think these days its bad enough when something like that happens once, but all those years defies reason, I still have my mums ration books at home! lol! I love looking at them and her other stuff too, thanks nell


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Nell, your mom was an amazing woman, spunky and with a great sense of humor to boot, just like yourself!! Thanks for sharing this, which I will be passing on.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks so much midget, she was a great mum, still miss her now, thanks for the share! nell


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

What an awesome story you have shared. And it is always evident when the person's story that is shared is one who is loved so much. What fun and adventure your Mum had.

Voted up

Angels are on the way :) ps


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi pstraubie, yes my mum was my hero, and she made me laugh! lol! she had so much fun in the RAF as well as seeing sad things too, thanks so much again for reading, and Angels back to you too, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi pstraubie, yes my mum was my hero, and she made me laugh! lol! she had so much fun in the RAF as well as seeing sad things too, thanks so much again for reading, and Angels back to you too, nell


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

Yes, Nell Rose, you really did your mum proud with this tribute! She looks so dignified in the photo wearing her dress uniform that it's quite a turnabout to read about the parachute incident, but she obviously had a terrific sense of humor. You made a very good point about the fun and hijinks helping the pilots and other personnel keep their minds off the danger for a while.

I enjoyed reading this so much. Your grandmother Rose sounds like a wonderful woman, too. She played a strong role in the war effort by keeping an "open house" for soldiers on leave and making all those scarves and mittens. Women certainly did their part during WWII, whether in a women's branch of the military, filling the jobs in factories or doing what they could on the home front.

Voted Up++++

Jaye


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Jaye, thanks so much for reading it, I do actually have an ancient diary from back in 1910 which has poems from my great aunts and uncles, my gran and many of the army that stayed there, with poems, stories and sad photos with messages of how they got killed, or missing in action, one of these days I will try to get it published, its amazing. And yes my mum had a great sense of humor, I think that's what was needed back then, thank you, nell


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Your mom was quite an enjoyable character. Visit could picture her peddling with the plane on her heels. Looks like she loved people and life.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Awesome and touching. So wonderful to have parents that made/make us proud.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks teaches, lol! yes my mum was a real character! thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Martie, that is so true, I love them to bits, thanks so much, nell


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vocalcoach 20 months ago from Nashville Tn.

Sergeant Georgia Stone - an amazing woman and mother. She's my kind of woman :) What a great tribute and very interesting story. Sharing and thanks.


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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

Hi Audrey, she was awesome, I still miss her so much, thanks so much as always, nell


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MizBejabbers 13 months ago

Nell, those are such funny stories about your Mom. I wish I could have known her. I'm so glad you wrote this because there are so few stories of the brave women of the world wars. Wasn't she beautiful! You have every reason to be proud.


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Nell Rose 13 months ago from England Author

Aw thanks so much MizB! yes she was pretty awesome wasn't she? I loved her sense of humour it was amazing! thanks so much for reading, nell


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bravewarrior 13 months ago from Central Florida

Nell, I have/had many family members who were in the U.S. Air Force. I've heard many of their tales, but not much of the humorous side - mostly their accomplishments. I would imagine anyone who chooses a life in the military would have to maintain a sense of humor.

Your mother certainly had one!

Getting a ride with the King of Norway! I'd say not only did your mom have the last laugh, but she had the icing on the cake, too!

What wonderful memories your mom imparted to you!


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Nell Rose 13 months ago from England Author

lol! thanks bravewarrior, yes she was so funny and told the stories till the tears rolled down her face because she was laughing so much! that was the great thing about her, it was always the amazing stuff to counteract the fact they were at war, glad you liked it, nell

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