A history of de Havilland

PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 April 2016

Tiger Moth 1935 advert

Tiger Moth 1935 advert

Aviation Ancestry

A new book tells the early story of the de Havilland Aircraft Company, through the eyes of people who were there at the time.

‘Taking Off: Memories of de Havilland at Hatfield’ is published by the Hatfield Local History Society (HLHS). It starts the story in the early 1930s, when the company first moved to Hatfield, and continues through the Second World War and into the 1950s.

The story was assembled from a variety of sources, and includes Don Lawrence’s ‘Early Days of de Havilland at Hatfield’, an account of a boy’s first flight over Hatfield in 1939, eyewitness accounts of the 1940 bombing, chapters on the infamous spy Agent Zigzag, and accounts of women working at de Havilland and farming on the airfield.

Famous personalities such as Amy Johnson and Ralph Richardson are also featured, as well as photographs and advertisements sourced mainly from the archives of aerospace company BAE Systems and Aviation Ancestry.

Aircraft built at Hatfield and key events for this period have also been listed, along with a comprehensive index.

To buy a copy contact HLHS publications secretary jane@edwardsteather.plus.com or call 01707 271454

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