Tweet Before and during World War II the military purchased or leased a number of municipal or local airports in Washington for use as military airfields. The army and navy expanded runways, built hangars, and made other improvements. During the war the airfields served as fighter bases, bomber-training facilities, and patrol bases. At the end of the war the airfields were returned to their previous owners for use as civilian airports again.
Castle Bromwich airfield in Castle Bromwich railway station can be seen to the right of the Chester Road bridge; behind it are the building of the Britosh Industries Fair, and beyond it the airfield.
This image from the Britain from Above website is used in accordance with the sites terms and conditions — http: These had been checked and tested and made ready to be flown to their receiving squadron.
After the war some were retained by the RAF while the surplus was bought by the Handley-Page company who converted them into passenger planes mostly for a London-Paris service.
However, some land, buildings and railway sidings were returned to the Drainage Board. This was and is a voluntary reserve whose purpose was to provide reinforcement for the regular force.
New facilities including hangars were built on site to accommodate the reserves who trained here at weekends and during their holidays. Formed in as a bomber unit, part of the AAF, it was known as the County of Warwick squadron and recruited largely in the Birmingham area.
With fewer flying hours and a higher level of skill available in flying and maintaining aircraft, the number of accidents decreased dramatically.
Nonetheless accidents including fatalities still occurred and appear to have been equally balanced between pilot error and mechanical failure. The British Industries Fairs In the British Industries Fair opened a Midlands offshoot of its London exhibition, initially in disused hangars at Castle Bromwich adjacent to the railway and with the entrance on the Chester Road next to the station.
Over the years, a series of buildings were constructed with trade exhibitions held there from until The intention was to present a shop window of British goods to overseas buyers.
However, the exhibitions were also extremely popular with the general public. Castle Bromwich airfield in the s There were soon initiatives to establish Castle Bromwich airfield for commercial use. The first of these unfortunately was the victim of the weather.
An air service was run during the British Industries Fair from London to Birmingham, but suffered cancellations and saw limited use due to high winds and above average rainfall that year.
The service was more successful the following year, although it did not immediately lead to regular services. The route was very soon extended to Liverpool, London and Brighton. Tickets could be bought at any railway station.
Planes left Glasgow daily at 8. The return flight left Croydon two hours later. The first contest took place in September with a course from Croydon to Glasgow and back with a first stop at Castle Bromwich. The race continues to this day with a break only from during the Second World War.
However, the race did not attract much public interest or enthusiasm in Birmingham. In the ten years since Bentfield Hucks had performed his breath-taking loop-the-loop at the airfield the sight of an aircraft over Birmingham had become commonplace.
The two-day show in July attracted overpeople, most paying to watch from the one shilling enclosure. The Lord Mayor, Alderman A. James flew over Birmingham in the plane. Image from the FlightGlobal website used in accordance with their terms and conditions. A Municipal Aerodrome During the late s there was national campaigning by air transport enthusiasts for a network of municipal aerodromes to be built and there was intense civic rivalry as to which city should be the first.
Manchester won the race in with an air strip laid out at Barton to the west of the city. Castle Bromwich was put forward as an obvious choice, being an airfield already. Sites at Shirley and Elmdon were also proposed.
However, with the coming to power of Adolf Hitler in Germany in and the increasing threat of conflict in Europe, the Air Ministry decided the following year that Castle Bromwich could not be used for civil or commercial purposes.
More hangars were built and the airfield became a squadron headquarters. The litany of accidents caused or exacerbated by the location of the site is testimony to that.
On the day of writing visibility at the airfield was down to yards while on the west and south sides of the city it was 20 miles and more. Some of the occupants were ex-servicemen, some were workers at the nearby Dunlop factory.
Image posted by Phil on the Birmingham History Forum website In questions were asked of the Health Minister in the House of Commons regarding flooding in some of the dwellings. The hutments had been built as temporary accommodation for servicemen in the first place and were only intended by the City Council to be occupied temporarily.David Rowell was born and lives in Dublin.
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