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Posted 03 October 2006 - 07:55 AM

A photo album kept by a Miss Robinson, a worker at the above wartime factory has come into my possesion.
An AVRO manufacturers plate is riveted to the cover and inside are many pictures of an all (predominently) femail workforce.
I am in the initial stages of research but will post what I know in the hope of further information.
The factory was in Leagrave, just outside Luton in Bedfordshire and was called the Omnia Works. They are listed as Aeroplane Manufacturers and Aeronautical Engineers, Contractors to HM War Office and Admiralty.
All aircraft appear to be Avro 504's and numbers visible are as follows.
F9773, F9772 F9767.

The Hewlett family appear to have been early aviation pioneers, both Mr and Mrs Hewlett worked at the factory and a son is listed as a "famous airman"

I will post all the pictures as soon as time allows. Any help greatly appreciated

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 08:03 AM

Proper scans will follow, these taken with hand held camera

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 12:33 PM

Thank you very much for the great photographs. The aeroplanes are, as you said, Avro 504Ks built by Hewlett and Blondeau Ltd in batch F9696-F9845.

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 03:54 PM

Another 2

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 11:11 PM

Thanks again for posting the fascinating photographs.
http://i86.photobuck...rscanning/b.jpg is interesting as it's not an Avro 504K, but an Armstrong-Whitworth FK 3. Hewlett & Blondeau built two batches of these machines under licence: A8091-A8140 and B9501-B9800.

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 02:31 AM

Hi Gareth.
Thanks for the information.
There are plenty more I will post as time allows.
Cheers

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 04:56 AM

Here the whole factory appear to be gathered with a 504 ending in 35 or 85.

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 03:44 AM

http://i86.photobuck...rscanning/y.jpg

Here a young lady appears to be marking out a piece of wood from a template. The template is marked Avro Fuselage.

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 04:14 AM

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Posted 30 October 2006 - 12:41 PM

This is also een F.K.3 fuselage
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