BARNETT, Air Commandant Dame (Mary) Henrietta (1905-1985)

Scope and Content

Photographs and press cuttings relating to her service with WAAF and WRAF, 1940-1960, notably her work as Director of WRAF, 1956-1960. Typescript account of her command of WRAF personnel at RAF Mediterranean Command, Caserta, Italy, [1945].

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1905; joined WAAF, 1939; served with WAAF in World War Two; in charge of WRAF personnel at RAF Mediterranean Command, Caserta, Italy, [1945]; Inspector, WAAF, 1948; Deputy Director, WAAF, 1949-1952; Officer Commanding RAF Hawkinge, 1952-1956; Director, WRAF, 1956-1960; died in 1985.


4 volumes, 1 file.

Access Information

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Acquisition Information

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1986.

Other Finding Aids

Summary guide available on-line at, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Related Material

The Centre also holds the papers of Barnett's brother, Maj Benjamin George Barnett (Ref: GB 99 KCLMA Barnett B G).

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