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Alf Jenks was born at the end of WWII and has always lived in the Warwickshire/ West Midlands area. He spent all his working time involved in engineering either on a drawing board or in later years using a CAD system designing plastic mould and die-casting tools. He became interested in aviation during the late 1950s when living close to Elmdon Airport seeing Dakotas flying in and out daily. He then started to take more notice of local flying at Baginton, regrettably never visiting Castle Bromwich when it was in use. Over the years he has amassed a collection of local flying display programmes from as early as 1928 at Castle Bromwich, copies of log-books, thousands of photographs many taken at C-B during the 1930s plus inscribed tankards from the Midland Aero Club. Alf is planning to leave all the material he has gathered to a local museum or records office to make sure they stay in the area for future reference. Since publishing “Aviation in Warwickshire Between the Wars” in 2006 he has gathered a lot more information covering what most people call “The Golden Years of Aviation”. He is always pleased to find new material and to this extent if anyone thinks they have photographs, anecdotes or anything else which could be of interest please do not hesitate to contact him. A small selection from his collection is shown below.


I am looking for any material on early balloon flights, pioneer pilots such as Hucks, Hamel, Manton, and Willows, plus any others visiting the district. WW1 photographs or logbook details from Castle Bromwich, Radford, Billeseley or Lilbourne would be of particular interest or any accident details would also be most welcome. Early details of the Midland Aero Club and the Birmingham Aero Club would also be welcome.

Any photographs taken during WWII, logbook details, crash sites or airfield plans are of interest. There were many aero clubs in the area including: Midland A/C, Coventry A/C, Warwickshire A/C, and any details of the aircraft they operated, chief instructors or anecdotes would be gratefully received. Also there were lots of charter companies such as Patrick Duval, Yellow Air Taxis, and Mid-Fly and any details of these are much sought after.


My previous book is entitled

'Aviation in Warwickshire Between the Wars'

The book covers 40-plus airfields, including private landing grounds, gliding sites and flying fields that were used by the flying circuses. Histories of all the flying clubs along with gliding clubs are included, where known. The "Around & About" section covers crashes, forced landings plus anything else aviationwise not on airfields. Over twenty joyriding concerns are covered in detail along with Austin Motor Co., Armstrong Whitworth, and 605 Sqdn.

Size 206mm x 292mm. 182 pages.
Over 100 photographs.
Price: £11.95 + £2 p&p (UK)

Further details available from the author at