Jessie ORR

ORR, Jessie

Service Number: 353096
Enlisted: 23 October 1941
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Birmingham, England, 10 March 1906
Home Town: Henley Beach , City of Charles Sturt / Henley and Grange, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
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World War 2 Service

23 Oct 1941: Enlisted Adelaide
23 Oct 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, 353096
1 Nov 1946: Discharged

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Flight Officer Orr In Pirie
Gives Invitation To Girls To Chat With Her
" THERE is still an urgent need for more girls in the W.A.A.A.F.," said Flight-Officer Jessie Orr (W.A.A.A.F. Recruiting Officer in South Australia) who arrived yesterday in Pirie. Flight-Officer Orr will be  here for the next four days, and she invites girls of 18 years and upward to call on her and have a friendly chat on the W.A.A.A.F. and its work.
"It is the task of the women of Australia to take over much of the work which is being performed by the ground staff of the R.A.A.F., so as to permit the return to industry of men able to take up key  positions and to allow the requisite number of R.A.A.F. personnel to be sent to operational areas, she said. "So there comes into being an excellent opportunity for girls reaching 18 years of age and for  those older women, too, who are not employed in essential work."
Describing some of the activities of the 18,500 girls in the service, Flight-Officer Orr said that members of W.A.A.A.F. were now permitted to work with maintenance crews in the servicing and repair of  aircraft. That they had penetrated to the most secret and vitally important "hush-hush" centres of the service was due to the efficiency, adaptability, and integrity of the airwomen enrolled as signals  personnel. "There are W.A.A.A.F. girls work ing on the making and folding of parachutes, in the hangars, in the meteorological branch, and in all administrative sections; they drive trucks, tenders, and  staff cars. They do sterling work in kitchens and messrooms and in hospitals and equipment stores," said the officcr.

"Wherever they are working there are specialised W.A.A.A.F. - officers trained to supervise the living and working conditions of the girls and to take the responsibility of their discipline, recreation, and  general wellbeing."
Flight-Officer Orr pointed out that Pirie" was the only centre in South Australia where women had not been directed away from their civil occupation to essential industry. However, with the new comb-out of man power it was possible that many women would be directed in the near future, and it was her desire during her visit to Pirie to assist those young women who were eligible for the services to  volunteer and so be allocated to the job in the service to which they are most suited. "Here is a wonderful opportunity," she said, "for the girl of today to take an active part in the winning of this war." Flight-Officer "Orr will be in at tendance at the A.T.C. headquarters, Ellen street, each day between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and 7 and 9.30 p.m.