Aireborough Historical Society

AVRO 1940s

AVRO, Yeadon. 1940s

Date 1940s
Location Yeadon
Photo ID
In the background is an AVRO York transport aircraft, it was developed in 1941 and used to transport goods, troops VIPs etc.
During the Berlin Airlift 1948/9 the Yorks made over 58,000 trips almost half of the British sorties.
In front of the aircraft are a group of AVRO workers, on the right of the back row is Molly Williams.
During the 1939-45 War 17,000 workers were employed in aircraft production at AVRO, 60% of them were women.
Over 5,000 aircraft were built there until production ceased and the factory was closed in January 1949.

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