Spitfire Site

Castle Bromwich Aeroplane Factory. Central Avenue.


Castle Bromwich Aeroplane Factory. Central Avenue.

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By michael hodges  |  2013-02-06 at 10:31  |  permalink

my mother worked here in the early months of the war. she had to be ready at 4.30 am every morning to get the bus and travel the 30 odd miles to the factory to be ready for work at 6 am and work a 12 hour shift, getting home around 7.30 pm. she said she hated every moment. eventually she was transferred to her home town and continued to work in munitions. she never told me what she actually did, just she worked on spitfires.

regards michael

By Anton de Man  |  2015-02-14 at 18:45  |  permalink

Dear Michel,
With the work what Your mother did see make it possible that I can wriye to You from a free Holland. We like to say thaks to the tousend of womans in England how where working in the factorys wher they make spitfires and lancasters
For all those wwomans and girls a large monument must be there .
Bset regardsm
Anton de Man age 74.

By Philip J Thomas  |  2013-09-25 at 10:36  |  permalink

I was a GPO telephone engineer, and looked after telephone systems at the factory from 1944 until well into the post war era.
I had unrestricted access to all areas and was able to observe Spitfire production as one mark succeeded another. I particularly remember the versions in desert camouflage, with extra air filters.
Alex Henshaw was chief test pilot and used to thrill us with his exciting aerobatics.
I didn’t see much of Lancaster production, but after aircraft building ceased I was involved with Fisher and Ludlow, who took over four of the six factory blocks and started production of bodies for the Standard Vanguard. Another block was set up to produce the Bendix washing machine, and Dunlop took over one for their Research Department (Wonder of wonders, they had an electron microscope!)
Although the factory was a prime target for German bombers, I don’t remember that it was ever seriously damaged. There were some daring low level daylight attacks by JU88s, though.

By Paula Longworth nee Cox  |  2014-11-22 at 17:56  |  permalink

My Father Fred Cox also worked at the Castle Bromwich
factory from 39 – 45 some night’s he would not come home because of the air raid’s. I was a war baby born in 1939 but as a 4 year old can remember waiting at the bottom of the lane for him to come home. The spit fire and the Lancaster have allways been of great interest to me and I’v visited many Air museum’s,

By Nial evans  |  2014-12-28 at 12:39  |  permalink

My Gran and my mums God mother were comptomitor operators there during the war (they used to do the wages)

By Nial evans  |  2014-12-28 at 12:39  |  permalink

My Gran and my mums God mother were comptometor operators there during the war (they used to do the wages)

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