I would like to undertake a PhD at Warwick to secure my future employment in higher education. I was the best student on my MA course, I achieved the highest average mark to date at the university and at my recent graduation I found out I had won The Lincoln Record Society Prize for Best Dissertation in the MA Historical Studies. I am a mature student and I have never missed a deadline or needed an extension; I think the challenge of studying while working and bringing up a family has taught me the motivation and self discipline I will require for further years of study. I believe I have the necessary aptitude to undertake a PhD, I am in the process of submitting a proposal to The Lincoln Record Society for a conference in May, my chapter “North Lincolnshire’s County Carriers” in Lincoln Connections has recently been published by the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, and I hope to have more of my research published in the future. My thesis, The many behind the few: Erks and WAAFs of the RAF Bomber Command 1939 -1945, will examine the emotions and coping strategies of Royal Air Force ground crew (colloquially known as ‘erks’) and Women’s Auxiliary Air Force personnel (‘WAAFs’) in Bomber Command during the Second World War. In so doing, the thesis will overhaul existing scholarship on the experiences, attitudes, behaviour and medical and psychiatric treatment of air crew by placing them, for the first time, in the context of the ninety per cent of Bomber Command’s personnel who remained on the ground. To borrow a phrase from an RAF driver during the war, ground-crew had no Brylcreem and no medals, yet it fell to them to hose down aircraft gun turrets after the gunners had been killed or wounded. However, previous historiographic interest has often been focused on aircrew; WAAFs and RAF groundcrew, the “wingless wonders” or flightless “penguins” are frequently marginalised. My study will use a similar methodology to several scholars of World War One and that employed by Martin Francis in The Flyer, but I will incorporate more official and medical documentation and a more nuanced approach to emotion and gender. Official RAF documentation from the National Archives, the Imperial War Museum and the RAF Museum will be balanced against the private testimony of the aircrew themselves in diaries, letters and autobiographies. As well as considering the implications of male constructions of technical and military expertise and heroism, my study will also consider the corresponding emotions and internal conflicts of women of the WAAF serving on operational airbases. The main body of the thesis will apply a holistic approach to the study of emotions, including the impact of class, race and gender on identity, and through an examination of the lives of a previously under represented majority, contribute to our understanding of the treatment of aircrew as well as wider historiographies of the Second World War.