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Kay Sayles enlisted in April 1942 and after initial training at Innsworth - Gosport and St Athan  she was posted to 51 M.U Lichfield as an F.M.E (Flight Mechanic Engines). She worked on many different types of aircraft including Wellingtons, Beaufighters, Liberators, Typhoons, Hurricanes and Spitfires. Demobbed in April 1946 she returned to help in the running of the family building business but has always kept in touch with the many friends she made at Lichfield particularly Australian aircrew who went through 27 O.T.U.

She has played an active role in the W.A.A.F. and RAF Lichfield Association's also raising considerable sums of money for charitable causes. In June 2002 she was awarded the M.B.E receiving it from the Queen in December - the role of women in the war effort particularly in technical trades has been much underestimated and it is a fitting tribute that she should receive this award. 

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