April 2024

Rose Davies WW2 Radar Operator

A Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) veteran who was involved in the D-Day landings has died aged 107.

On 6 June 1944, during the Normandy landings, Rose Davies, as a radar operator, would play a key role in its success alongside hundreds of personnel in the UK, supporting Operation Overlord.

She was also a recipient of the Legion d’Honneur – France’s top military honour – for her radar surveillance work during the Second World War.

Rose married Wilfred Dawson and they settled in Beeston, Nottinghamshire. Wilfred, who served as a wireless operator on RAF Bomber Command in North Africa and Malta, flying on Wellington and Lancaster aircraft passed in 2021 aged 99.

In 2021, Rose Davies told more of her story in an interview with the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund:


We send our condolences to all who knew and loved Rose.

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Rose Davies WW2 Radar Operator