She told me that she'd had a whale of a time during the war, and was never short of life's essentials (nylons, gum, cigarettes, chocolate) because the guys would always bring presents for her and her crew (all female).
Some aircrews used to nag their pilot to make detours to Handley Page, purely because there were girls carrying out the refuelling. The pilot would sometimes be bringing back a bomber at the end of the day, and most genuinely needed to land, and fast, for one reason or another.
After the war, Handley Page went a bit top secret for a while (Cold War), and I remember as a kid in the 60's seeing some weird and wonderful jet bombers buzzing around. Mainly Victor and Vulcan.
If you google "handley page" and click image, no doubt a page full of various V Bombers will appear.
Sadly the Pub has now made way for an estate of small houses, as I noticed recently.
It was The Red Cow, and was where I occasionally had a pint with my mates whilst on a drive out for the evening. I'll try to find a photo of it.
Interestingly, I've just been looking at Handley Page stuff and found a mention of the aforementioned Red Cow pub in a post from someone in 2012, regarding the Top Secret element, and the Victor bombers. :-
"It's the only Hertfordshire airfield that doesn't have a book about it!"
"I used to go to a business many years ago whose boss was a former test pilot based there, he told me that the comp between pilots was to keep a victor as low as poss after take off to buzz a pub called the Red Cow at the end of the runway & see how many glasses were broken when they met for a drink afterwards,.."
More for the aircraft aficionados here.....