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Updated: 7 Nov 11

LACW Joan Hatchett

This is a picture taken at RAF Metheringham in March 1946, of LACW Joan Hatchett, standing in the centre of the back row with short sleeves & tie. She was called up in 1943 and served until Oct 1946 at various bases including Scampton, Sandtoft & Metheringham where she was demobbed.

She spent her time as a silver service waitress in the Officers' Mess and became very proficient at it. Even in wartime the officers had a proper waitress for their food and she became very fond of them and was highly regarded as a good worker.

RAF Metheringham mess staff

Her memories of all of the camps centred around how cold the Nissan huts were when they had to sleep there in the winter but how much fun the dances were when lots of people got together for a "knees-up". She also mentioned putting on quite a lot of weight as the military rations seemed far more generous than the civilian ones in London where her family were. Her wartime memories didn't pick out individual camps so I cannot pass on a Metheringham memory but she never spoke ill of it. She sadly passed away in 2001.

Having previously worked in a shoe shop she became very good at waitressing and for the rest of her life could easily manage 7 or 8 plates in her hands & arms. When our family queried if she could manage she always said "Don't worry, I was a waitress during the war" & this became a family catch-phrase whenever anyone asked if you could manage a task of any sort, not even involving crockery!

These recollections were provided by Joan's son, Malcolm Fish. The photographs appear with his kind permission.

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