Beryl Rettinger, WAAF, UK,



Beryl Rettinger
, Beryl was a British WAAF during the air battles over the English Channel after the Battle of Britain and sat in a very small cone-roofed building on the English coast and rotated an antenna by hand on a pole that went through the roof using something like a steering wheel or horizontal bicycle tire. She listened to the Spitfire cockpit radios on her headset as the English and German pilots flew and fought over the channel. Her bearing on the radio signal along with two others elsewhere allowed Air-Sea rescue to triangulate where the combat was taking place over the water and the position of the pilots who crashed. (The sound of the pilots going down on the radio was extremely distressing.) She received an award one time when only her single bearing allowed a rescue plane to fly along the bearing and recover a pilot. She later married a US serviceman, became a "War Bride," and moved to Minnesota. She still speaks with a British accent and lives with her son Reggie. Mary Berg and Kevin Callahan have video recorded 4 interviews with her during 2013. Mary Berg presented her story to the September 12, 2013 WW II History Round Table at Fort Snelling.

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Beryl (Pashley) Rettinger

Rettinger, Beryl Pashley Age 91 of Long Lake, preceded in death by loving husband of 61 years, Thomas C. Rettinger, parents, Reginald and Marie Pashley, brothers, Arthur and Vernon Pashley, sisters, Joan Trickey, and Rita Perryman. Surviv-ed by sister, Edna Vetter, sons, Reggie and Jim (Laura); grandchildren, Michael, Jonathan (girl friend Jodi Johanson) and Chelsea (fiance Chris Rhea); great-grandsons, Thomas, Alex, Ethan Rettinger and their mother Verity Davis, many nieces, nephews and special friends both in the USA and England. Beryl served in the British Royal Air Force - WAAFS during WWII guiding fighter pilots back to the base after missions across the English Channel. While serving she met Tommy who was in the 8th Air Force and Beryl became a War Bride arriving in the USA in 1946. Service 11 AM Saturday, Nov 29 at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 177 Glendale Drive. Long Lake. Visitation 9-11 AM at church. Memorials will be directed to: MN 8th Air Force History Society, WHCP and Calvin Church. Rettinger Funeral Home Long Lake 952-473-6954 

Published on November 26, 2014

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