Plan of BRD Site
Burtonwood Repair Depot (known as
Depot (known as BRD site) was a factory site built to
the South East of the airfield and was erected in 1939 &
then occupied in 1940 under the control of the Air
Ministry (Not the RAF)
The site was later
taken over by the Ministry of Aircraft production (MAP)
and in 1942 was transferred to the USAAF.
The main entrance to
BRD site was gate 9 sited at the South End of Burtonwood
Road opposite site 8.
buildings was sited just inside the main gate (9).
1 Type 'A' aircraft
hangar was constructed on BRD site.
This type of hangar
was designed in 1924.
The hangar featured
a steel frame with longitudinal ridge and valley trusses
for the roof with reinforced concrete and brick
infillings for the walls.
The span was 122
feet and the length was 249 feet.
The hangar and
associated workshops covered 722,000 square feet.
Along the rear of
BRD site were over 30 aircraft engine test rigs running
24 hours a day 7 days a week.
The sound of these
engines could be heard up to 2 miles away.
The site also had
its own Railway Sidings, Locomotive shed & a short
branch line connecting into the main Liverpool to
Manchester Railway Line.
Company was the parent Company to BRD site.
On September 1940
Curtiss Mohawks arrived there in early 1941 & also at
this time technicians from Brewster, Curtiss & Douglas
Aircraft Companies arrived there.
4 Subsidiary firms
operated on BRD Ltd under Technical guidance being
Rovers Radials, Rollinson Radials, Sunbeam Liquid Cooled
& British Overseas Airways Corporation.
The site was
officially handed complete control to the USAAF on the
21st of October 1943.
Gate Entrance to BRD (Burtonwood Repair Depot) Site.
Aerial Photo of The
Headquarters Building Just inside the Main Gate (9)
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