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Building the Great West Aerodrome at Heath Row began in earnest in 1929 and was to continue through the Second World War, much the annoyance of Churchill who grudged the use of so many construction workers who might have been more use to the war effort. In order to push through his plans to build an international airport during wartime Secretary of State for Air (Sir Archibald Sinclair) suggested that such long runways were needed to accommodate USAAF Boeing B-29 aircraft.



  • Z4631

    Started service with 1423 Flight, then 24 Squadron, on to USAAF, and then to 41 OTU, where it crashed when trying to force land at Crannage, near Manchester on the 31-Mar-44. ...

  • N9431

    Tiger Moth
    de Havilland Tiger Moth N9431, assigned to VIII AFSC, 8AF USAAF. Post war registered G-ANPB, Crashed nr Fairoaks 24-Jul-57. Link to Photo:

  • DL777

    Miles Master DL777, assigned to VIII Air Force Service Command, 8th AF USAAF.

  • DL776

    Miles Master DL776, assigned to VIII Air Force Service Command, 8th AF USAAF.


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:16 AAM AAM ingest

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) /