Spitfire Site

Castle Bromwich Aeroplane Factory. View of the factory from the air.


Castle Bromwich Aeroplane Factory. View of the factory from the air.

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By Hardlanding  |  2012-07-29 at 14:37  |  permalink

Wow – what an amazing time capsule! This really gives a new sense of the huge efforts going on in “real life” that made all the famous front-line war efforts possible. My parents worked (and met) in an aircraft factory in the U.S. (Martin, making B-26’s) and this gave me a great feel for what such factories were like. Thanks for posting, and thanks to the contributor.

By Scott Dexter  |  2013-11-04 at 19:58  |  permalink

My grandfather Arthur Dexter worked at Castle Bromwich during WW2 and I have photograph of him with colleagues next to the 1st Lancaster. This site and associated photos give me a fabulous insight to how life would have looked for my grandfather. Thank you.

By Karen Rosser  |  2014-09-19 at 08:06  |  permalink

These photographs have been a window on the lives of my parents, Douglas David Jones and Thelma Rhoda Nellie Kennedy who met whilst working at Castle Bromwich during WW11. They worked with the Spitfires, my mother in admin. and my father I believe was part of aircraft design. (Although he often talked about those days, I cannot recall him telling me what his actual role was!) They were both born in 1921 and my father went on to have a lifelong career in the aircraft industry based at Filton near Bristol, ultimately becoming a chartered engineer. My mother, as a young woman was plucked out of a sheltered life to work in the noisy environment of the factory alongside men(of which she had very little experience!)rather than become a land girl. She felt vulnerable in this alien environment and my father, who had had a traumatic start in life, took pity on her and recognised a kindred spirit. They talked of days when they never saw daylight, cycling to the factory in the dark early mornings and returning in the evenings after dark. Much of their ‘courting’ took place in Sutton Park and they went on to marry in 1947. They were devoted to each other. My father died aged 89 in 2011 succumbing to dementia and cancer and my mother, lost without the man who had protected her all her married life, followed him in 2012.

By Gareth Price  |  2017-02-03 at 07:51  |  permalink

What a lovely story Karen, Too very brave hard working people.
I’m so sorry that your father died in such a way and your mother following him so closely. I have to admit, your story brought tears to my eyes!
Thank you for sharing your wonderful story and a massive thank you to your parents, for working so hard for such an important times in history.
You must be very proud of them!
Thank you.

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