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    spitfire

    I am sure there was a plaque at the original entrance which was unveiled by Alex Henshaw back in the 1990's which was then moved into the factory when the entrance was updated, as I was there watching the spitfire flyover the factory which itself was built there in 1944. So is it the same plaque...
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    spitfire

    Hello, Pleased to attach a photo of an original Modification plate which you would find on most of the sub assemblies of the Spitfire built at Castle Bromwich, such as the fuselage ( one on the firewall and one in the cockpit), wings, flaps, tail unit and tail planes, this particular one is...
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    spitfire

    Hello Eddie, Yes Duxford is a fantastic place to visit especially as it was the first RAF station to have the Spitfire with 19squadron in 1938 and still has them flying from there, however no Mk1 spitfire was ever built in Birmingham, all Mk1's were built in Southampton, the first Spitfire...
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    Fawke/Fawkes

    Hello, Many thanks for replying and hopefully I will be able to help you with a very small potted family history. Your father was one of 7 children of Harry and Ann Fawke of Studley Street, sadly 3 did not survive early childhood and the last surviving member John( your Uncle) passed away in...
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    Spitfire project

    Hello Anvil Many thanks for your reply, I am aware of the Pembroke project and have tried many times over the years to contact them via their email address on their website also via mutual persons however nothing has ever come about from either of these methods. Again many thanks for your...
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    Spitfire project

    Hello everyone I thought I would put this on a separate thread for ease. I live in the Birmingham area and have been slowly rebuilding a spitfire using both original and newly manufactured parts, sadly it will not fly but I am hoping that one day it will go on display for all to see and sit...
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    Smethwick Spitfire

    Hi Can you PM please with your email addy so I can send you a copy of the photograph
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    spitfire

    I am actually rebuilding a Spitfire ( albeit very slowly )so photographs showing production can be very useful for my project. Anybody who has found any original photographs, manuals and even any original bolts/nuts/parts etc then please get in touch. Regards John
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    Fawke/Fawkes

    Hello Doris Thank you for replying and its very good to hear from you, have sent you a private message. Regards John
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    the gate..sparkbrook

    Hi lyn many thanks...would there be any chance of a copy of this photograph for my family file?..the first of the Fawke family arrived in studley street when it was originly named victoria street in the 1890's and the last of the Fawkes left studley street in the mid 60's...maybe this is why I...
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    the gate..sparkbrook

    Hi would love to know the date of when the photograph was taken..as all my family came and lived in studley street...they was the Fawke coal merchants so maybe some of them are in the photo... John
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    Fawke/Fawkes

    Hi to all many thanks for replying to my thread. To leonard job Your name of Fowkes may in the past have been Fawkes or indeed Faulkes as so many of todays names are related in some way..the way they are pronounced are the same so may well have been a result of some educated scholar merely...
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    The Spitfire

    Hi Cannot tell you anything about the Kinver production site but can tell you that if any Merlin engine production ever took place at Castle Bromwich it went un documented.The CBAF plant was set up solely for the production of aircraft,namely the Spitfire then later on the Lancaster,the...
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    Balsall Heath.

    Phil Have been trying to contact you through the instant messaging,me thinks its not working or I am doing it wrong as per usual lol. Regards John
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    Lucas Transport

    Jackie, Just been having another looking at FR5 photograph where I wold you the man on the extreme front right was my dad, I am sure the guy in the white coat in the front was called Brian Redmond.
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    Balsall Heath.

    Thanks Mike, Asked my dads cousin earlier on and he remembers fetching his dads beer in a jug from the Gates Inn, and as far as he knows it was always called the Gates Inn.
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    The Spitfire

    Ladywood Congratulations on an excellent drawing,Though my association was mainly with Phantoms,Buccaneers and wessex helicopters at the start then mainly concentrating on the Spitfire, on apron duties at airshows etc over the yrs I have also worked with Mustangs and Sea furies as there was 2...
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    The Spitfire

    Even during the war there was a certain amount of what is now called "spitfire snobbery" In August of 1940, a 32 sqdn Hurricane shot down a German He 111 bomber and its pilot was captured,During his interrigation he said he had been shot down by a spitfire, when he was informed he was wrong and...
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    Balsall Heath.

    Thanks Phil and Mike. From what I can gather it was where everybody used to get thier jugs of ale from, before the days of Davenports of course.
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    Balsall Heath.

    Hi Phil You never cease to amaze me mate, was told a good story yesterday by my dads cousin who lived in the street before the war. My grandad and his brother went to the Gate inn on a sunday morning, but he was late getting home to his dinner,when he entered the house my nan chased him back...
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