AVRO 1939 – 1949

AVRO 1939 - 1945
Title AVRO
Date 1939 – 1949
Location Yeadon
Photo ID N984
Comment During the 1939-45 War, 17,000 workers were employed in aircraft production at AVRO, 60% of them were women. Over 5,000 aircraft were built there until production ceased and the factory was closed in January 1949. The production of Lancaster’s at the AVRO, showing rear fuselage sections and almost completed aircraft in the background. In the centre is aircraft LM522, it was the first production Lancaster to have H25 radar fitted and was lost over France on 8th August 1944. Donated by Ken Cothliff.
AVRO 1939 - 1945

X138 – AVRO, 1940s.

AVRO – 1940s

In the background is an AVRO York transport aircraft, it was developed in 1941 and used to transport goods, troops VIPs etc.
During the Berlin Airlift 1948/9 the York’s made over 58,000 trips almost half of the British sorties.
In front of the aircraft are a group of AVRO workers, on the right of the back row is Molly Williams.

AVRO Military Personnel 1939 - 1945

D228 – AVRO, 1939 – 1945.

AVRO Military Personnel – 1939 – 1945

On the back row 1st left is Frank Bland (uncle of the donor of the image Colleen Boulton), front row 1st left is Mary Bland nee Eccles, she is thought to have been in the ATS.

Donated by Colleen Boulton.

AVRO Military Personnel 1939 - 1945

D229 – AVRO, 1939 – 1945.

AVRO Military Personnel – 1939 – 1945

Group of service personnel, the man on the right is Frank Bland, uncle of the donor of the image Colleen Boulton.



AVRO Military Personnel 1939 - 1945

D235 – AVRO, 1939 – 1945.

AVRO Military Personnel – 1939 – 1945

A group of four military personnel pose for the camera, members of the Army and Air Force were stationed at the airport during the war.

AVRO Military Personnel 1939 - 1945

D232 – AVRO, 1939 – 1945.

AVRO Military Personnel – 1939 – 1945

The girl in the white overall is Mary Bland, during the 2nd World War men of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment 1st-6th Battalion were stationed at the airport on defence duty. 
Anti-aircraft guns were positioned at various strategic points in the area. 
On the reverse of this photo are the names: Frank, Danny, Mary, Harold, Jim.





AVRO Female Military Personnel 1939 - 1945

D230 – AVRO, 1939 – 1945.

AVRO Female Military Personnel – 1939 – 1945

A line-up of military personnel in the vicinity of the AVRO factory.
In 1939 when war commenced a contingent of 52 WAAFS were stationed at the airport, 4 officers and 48 other ranks.

Donated by Colleen Boulton.

AVRO Female Military Personnel 1939 - 1945

D231 – AVRO, 1939 – 1945.

AVRO Female Military Personnel – 1939 – 1945

A group of WAAFS or ATS who were stationed at the airport.

Donated by Colleen Boulton.





AVRO Female Military Personnel 1939 - 1945

D234 – AVRO, 1939 – 1945.

AVRO Female Military Personnel – 1939 – 1945

Two girls who were working at the AVRO, possibly military personnel (they are wearing shirts and ties under their overalls)

AVRO Military Personnel 1939 - 1945

D233 – AVRO, 1939 – 1945.

AVRO Military Personnel – 1939 – 1945

A group of women who worked at the AVRO, Mary Bland is on the left.  
The reverse has the address 4 Alva Terrace Guiseley which was the home of the grandfather of the donator of this image, Colleen Boulton.





AVRO 1939 - 1945

FB487 – AVRO, 1939 – 1945.

AVRO – 1939 – 1945

On the left is Mark Phin (grandfather of the donor of this image Andrew Brown), the plane is an Avro Hanson Light Bomber.

Donated by Andrew Brown.

AVRO 1939 - 1945

FB488 – AVRO, 1939 – 1945.

AVRO – 1939 – 1945

A few of the many people who worked at the AVRO factory.



AVRO 1939 - 1945

FB489 – AVRO, 1939 – 1945.

AVRO – 1939 – 1945

On the back row, 3rd from the left is Mark Phin, he came from Jedburgh, Gallashields, Scotland.
He was a painter and was sent to work at the AVRO factory, he died in 1973. his grandson Andrew Brown donated this image.

AVRO 1939 - 1945

FB490 – AVRO, 1939 – 1945.

AVRO – 1939 – 1945

A group of people who worked at the AVRO, including some of the many women who contributed massively to the war effort while working there.



AVRO 1939 - 1945

M999 – AVRO, 1939 – 1945.

AVRO – 8th October 1945

Workers outside the Yeadon AVRO factory, the aircraft in the background are a Lancaster TX273, a Anson X11 PH815 and an unidentified York.

Courtesy of Ken Cothliff from his book, Yeadon Above and Beyond. 

Bristol Aero Company 1939 - 1945

M053 – Bristol Aero Company, 1939 – 1945.

The Bristol Aero Company – 1939 – 1945

The Bristol Aero Company had a factory on Cemetery Road during the 1939-45 period, it was used to test and maintain aircraft engines like the Bristol Pegasus and the Bristol Hercules.
The engines were constructed by sub-contractors in the area, one was the Hammond Sauce works at Apperley Bridge.

The Bristol Pegasus engine powered Fairey Swordfish aircraft built at Sherburn-in-Elmet, Halifax’s were fitted with Bristol Hercules engines, also the Short Sunderland flying boat.
There was no connection to the better known AVRO factory.

This is a photo of the last engine to be produced, 6014 probably at the Hammonds site.
The men seen with it included B Hogg,   Jones,   Manager G Edge and gate police with Chief Inspector Heaps.



AVRO Fire Service 1939 - 1945

H317 – AVRO Fire Service, 1939 – 1945.

AVRO – Fire Service – 1939 – 1945

Donated by Eddie Jenkinson, his Dad Lawrence was a member of the service.

Editor’s Note: The AVRO Fire Service has also been incorporated into the Aireborough Fire Brigades – Joint Service pages. To view these pages please – Click Here.

AVRO 1939 - 1945

PU111 – AVRO, 1939 – 1945.

AVRO – 1939 – 1945

On the left is Fred Hayes, moving right are, ? Len Spilling, ? Stan Whiston, Pam Worral, Jack Betley, Harry ?, ?

The group is stood in front of an AVRO York aircraft.

 Pamela Langford nee Worral, was the daughter of Captain Henry Vernon Worral MBE, he served with distinction in the Royal Navy Air Service in WW1. He then became the chief flying instructor for the Yorkshire Aero Club and was influential in the foundation of what was to become Leeds Bradford Airport.

Donated by Barbara Hayes.

Previous Comments:

Re X138
Richard Braithwaite
The lady with her face partially obscured on the back row between the fuselage and inner left side engine is Bessie Tordoff. My mum.
06 October 2020.

Consolidated by Jack Brayshaw. 07 November 2021.
Last updated: 07 November 2021.

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