CARTER DOROTHY RCAF

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DOROTHY CARTER: ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE.


Dorothy was born in Waldron, Saskatchewan, in a family of 5

children.  She finished Grade 12 at the local High School and

then enlisted in the Air Force in April 1943 at  Saskatoon. A

sister also enlisted in the Army. Her basic training took place

at Rock-cliffe, outside of Ottawa and consisted of marching

and learning discipline. They also had to work in the kitchen

and to break the routine they would slide down the fire

escape chute until caught by a W/O. She was a stenographer,

doing typing and shorthand, first in Toronto and then in

Ottawa ar Air Force Headquarters for the rest ofthe war for

$2.95 a day. They were billeted at the Princess Alice Barracks

and had their share of drill and "Parade Bashing" in the yard

of a nearby museum. The other women were from all over

Canada; her best friends were from Vancouver and Engelhart

in Northern Ontario. She remembers being paraded out from

work to line the streets and wave at Charles De Gaulle on his

visit to Ottawa.

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Dorothy was de-mobilized in 1946, but then married her

husband, a Flight Sergeant in the Air Force; he had been

a Flying Officer during the War and they had four children.

In typical military fashion they were moved around, living

in PMQ's in Ottawa, Trenton and two tours in Germany

at Baden-Baden and Ramstein with the Allied Tactical Air

Force. They were at Ramstein during the Cuban Missile Crisis

and were being prepared for evacuation in case of a Russian

attack. They were to be flown to New York and then back

to Canada.

She remembers that their food rations had been piled under

the kitchen table and her little daughter crawling out from

under the table with her face all brown after having eaten

a tin of cocoa.

The crisis blew over, but Dorothy remembers thinking that

with Russian MIG's only 5 minutes flying time from

Ramstein, that there would not have been too much time

for an evacuation.