'An RAF base somewhere in Bedfordshire'
Whilst researching these years it became increasingly apparent just how chaotic and fast moving life was during the war - people were often uprooted overnight as they adapted to ever changing circumstances. Bedford for example suddenly had to cope with an influx of evacuees, US airmen, and the entire BBC music department which left the capital for safety reasons and stayed from 1940 - 1945. Events at the camp were equally fast moving with thousands of personnel passing through its doors. At the start and during the war it was used to enrol and train men into the RAF and also for training WAAFS to operate Barrage Balloons (also made on the camp). It then became a 'Demob' centre at the end of the war.