Heston Aerodrome was first opened when the company Airwork Ltd bought the land between Heston and Cranford still a quiet and rural place. it was a 170 acres in size and was opened on the 6th July 1929.
By 1934 the company was struggling financially and offered the airport up for sale, the Air Ministry refused to buy it at first but eventually gave in and purchased it in November 1936 with the intention of expanding it as a replacement for Croydon aerodrome which could not cope with the expanding number of flights.
The Air Ministry spent a good deal of money on the Airport but in the end it decided it was not going to be the new London Airport which was built on the site of the Fairey Areodrome and is where Heathrow Airport is today.
The most famous passenger to use the Airport was Neville Chamberlain the Prime Minister in 1938 where he made his famous speech about ” Peace in our Time ” on his return from Munich after his meeting with Adolf Hitler.
FATAL PLANE CRASH
An American airman was fatally injured on Monday afternoon when a fighter aircraft he was piloting got into difficulties and crashed in North Hyde Lane, Heston, opposite Grange Farm. In its descent the aircraft struck and demolished a corner of the farmhouse, which is in the occupancy of Woodason Aircraft Models. No one was in the demolished section of the building at the time. The aircraft caught fire on crashing. The pilot was extricated, badly injured and suffering from and died on the way to hospital. Contingents of the National Fire Service, wardens from a nearby headquarters and the Civil Defence Rescue Service were quickly on the scene.
The item on the left refers to another plane that crashed on the 26th of February 1945.
The text is from The Middlesex Chronicle dated Saturday 3rd of March 1945.