World War II

Although there were important local manufacturing plants around Hayes, including Fairy Aviation, ICI filling shells and the EMI radio factory where radar was developed, Northolt airfield was the main target for German bombers.
The Luftwaffe bombed the airfield in August 1940 as well as other sector airfields in the area, including Biggin Hill, Hornchurch and North Weald, as part of a concentrated effort against the airfields and sector stations of No. 11 Group RAF.
A total of 4,000 bombs were recorded as falling within two miles (3 km) of Northolt airfield over a fifteen-month period, although only two were recorded as hitting the airfield itself.


The War Memorial at Northolt honours the Polish airmen who served with the RAF.
Scenes for the Bond Films Goldfinger, Thunderball and Octopussy were filmed at Northolt.
The WW2 hangar at RAF Northolt was used for the opening sequence in Octopussy (1983).


The first wave of German Vergeltungswaffe 1 "Vengeance Weapon", known to Brits as the doodlebug, was launched at London in June 1944. At peak, more than one hundred V-1s a day were fired at south-east England and some dropped on Hayes.
In 1944 two of the more powerful V2s fell on Hayes, one on 21st October and the other on 7th December.

In 2009 George visited the Museum Peenemünde situated on the Baltic Coast of north Germany, where the guided V-weapons had been built and launched.
Photos show a V1 flying bomb on a launch pad and a V2 wartime take-off bound for London.
Photo right shows a V2, with George in foreground.
Bottom photo: 111 Squadron Hawker Hurricanes at Northolt.


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