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Spitfire Site

Castle Bromwich Aeroplane Factory. Spitfires Mk. IX assembled at the Flight Shed. “D” Day.

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Castle Bromwich Aeroplane Factory. Spitfires Mk. IX assembled at the Flight Shed. “D” Day.

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By Kirk Dougal  |  2013-11-07 at 10:36  |  permalink

My nan&grandad wilf&kath Cottrell met and worked here on the lancasters.my grandad worked doing sheet metal work and my nan used to do some wiring.
How they met was my grandad would be working In a wing section and my nan working in the fuselage she would reach in to the wing with her long nose pliers and pull some of my grandads hair out for a laugh. It’s no wonder he is as bold as a coot.
They have a lot of fond memories of the factory and were always proud of the lancasters.
They used to say Alex henshaw was as daft as they come he used to some outstanding flying when testing out the spits.
On one occasion flying with the wheels down and running along the roof top.
You would see a blur and a pair of wheels flash by the sky light.
He also said that they would tow the lancs across the main rd and chain it to a wall by its tail wheel then run the engines up till it was straining at the bit only then would they let off for bumps and circuits.
He also when the factory closed they made huge pits and buried spitfire/Lancaster engines,wings, all manner of other bits including tooling& moulds for some of the parts and the covered it in oil and buried it.
Have they found anything like that buried when they redeveloped the site

By Dawn Norton  |  2016-09-13 at 00:21  |  permalink

What a wonderful story, I love anything to do with the 2nd World War. I lived a stones throw away from the “what we called” The Aerodrome and even though only a child at the time can remember my Uncle taking me there one day. Thank you for sharing your story, really enjoyed reading it! I wonder if they did find anything when they redeveloped that area into what is now The Castle Vale Housing Estate!!!

By Graham Sivill  |  2017-07-27 at 21:22  |  permalink

All I can say as a man born in the 1950’s is that we all owe a huge debt of gratitude to the men and women who worked at this site and produced the Spitfires that kept some very brave young men able to go up and meet the enemy in 1940 and beyond and keep the Germans out of the UK, Wothout them we would all be speaking German now!

Thank you to all who worked there and saved Britain from the Nazis, you are not forgotten and you are held in highest esteem.

By Derrick Cheeseman  |  2018-04-14 at 15:30  |  permalink

Hello from Australia.I lived in Four Oaks during the war and have just started to write my memoirs for my children’s benefit and have got to where members of 495 ATC squadron were taken to Castle Bromwich airfield and taken up in the Tiger Moths used by the pilots ferrying planes from the manufacturing factory across the road. I remember particularly well because we were taken over the Hamms Hall cooling towers. As you can imagine this caused a loss of lift and we dropped about 20 ft. One of the cadets stumbled from the cockpit absolutely as green as the grass he stood on. Happy memories!
Wonderful story of yours, really enjoyed it. Cheerio and good luck. Derrick

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