Rae in the ATS

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‘Hey, baby, how about you and me get out of here?’ the GI asked Rae. But even if he had been Clark Gable, she wouldn’t have given him a second look. He was a Yank, and therefore not to be trusted.

After being bombed out of her home in North London, tomboy Rae joined the ATS and was sent to work welding tanks near Nottingham. Despite her dislike of ‘Yanks’, a GI called Raymond wore down her resistance and she agreed to marry him. After the war, she reluctantly followed him to rural Pennsylvania, where she soon discovered his dark secret.

Listen to Rae recalling her honeymoon in London

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