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