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Hill Top Farm Spitfires At The Ready


gone but not forgotten
Hi Guys
Here is an old picture of the spitfires ready for action already in postion
on stand bye to go out and protect our lad in the surrounding areas of brum
they are in the sheds on hilltop farm ,
Here is the photograph ,,



master brummie
I believe the aircraft are being assembled at Castle Bromwich. Hill Top Farm seems to be one of many anti aircraft sites protecting the essential manufacturing places.

Big Gee

master brummie

your photo is of the interior of the Castle Bromwich factory, possibly the final inspection line. There was certainly an anti-aircraft gun-emplacement at Hill Top Farm on the border of Handsworth and West Bromwich, but no airfield.

Read about it here: https://www.handsworthhistory.co.uk/defence.html. There are still some remains of the emplacement visible. I used to fly model planes at Hill Top Farm decades ago.

All the best,



gone but not forgotten
Hi G
Many thanks for your replying to my photograph of the spitfies
i was aware of the final finishing sheds and i knew it was not on hilltop farm
i have got the news paper article with the whole information on it and them and picture of the ladies whom ran the phones
through out there operation its a very old news paper dated may 17 1983
I Will down load some of the photo,s that went with the spitfires and a picture of ladies whom was manning posts
As ARP,S as well best wishes Alan,, Astonian,,,,,,


'Not to Scale'
Hi G
Here is a couple of those photo,s i said was involved which was included with the hilltop spitfies
story lines women at war playing there part including the womens manning there postions
These are amazing photos! Are they definitely of Brummie women? I would love to see more of them for a research project I'm working on.


Super Moderator
Staff member
I regret Astonian unfortunately has passed away and cannot answer your question


master brummie
Newspaper, radio and other reports, during WW2, were required to be vague and not publish place manes and information that could be of use to the enemy.
A frequent comments was often "somewhere in England".