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26-01-2009, 19:46
I am researching the crash of a P51B Mustang in 1945, near Heston Aerodrome

Amongst the accident report paperwork I have is a memo to 71 MU, Premier Garage, Bath road Slough. They were responsible for collecting and disposing of the wreckage.

I found this article on the net which was of interst....

during 1942 the RAF set up a maintenance depot ( 71 MU ) about a mile up the road towards Slough at a place called the Premier Garage Their job was crane driving and they used to travel all over the area to pick up the remains of crashed aircraft and bring them back to the depot to see what could be salvaged, what was of no use was taken to a dump/breakers yard about half a mile down the Upton Court Road, this was not manned or guarded in any way so as an adventure playground for young boys it was superb, by the end of the war I had ‘flown’ Spitfires, Hurricanes, Me 109s, Dornier, Wellington, Halifax and Lancaster bombers and fired all the turret guns in American B17s
can anyone give me a more exact address/location of Premier Garage or the breakers yard in Upton Court Road?

27-01-2009, 08:54
Have a look at the bottom of Page 4 of this .pdf. document


27-01-2009, 11:40
That's nailed it.... thanks!!

Anyone have any ideas about the Breakers yard in Upton Court Rd?? If i could locate it (and it hadn't been bulit upon) it would be well worth a wander....

27-01-2009, 17:50
Anyone have any ideas about the Breakers yard in Upton Court Rd??
A web search revealed that there was / is such a yard at Upton Court Farm which is here (http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=skh85ygyhy23&style=b&lvl=2&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&scene=15551392&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1)

The area looks promising. See also here (http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/22/a3932822.shtml)


Paul Francis
27-01-2009, 18:26
Wow that Peoples War experience is something else! Imagine 'flying' all those planes, both German and British and 'firing' all those guns!

28-01-2009, 08:09
That's nailed it.... thanks!!

Vee haff vays of making you happy!

28-01-2009, 09:21
Yes I had come to the same conclusion regarding the breakers yard.

The Crash that started all this can be read out about here...... http://www.legionmagazine.com/en/index.php/2002/09/the-airman-from-the-crash/

but interestingly the account seems to have a little artistic licence, as I have now researched the crash in detail and whilst the story of extricating the pilot (Gaston Riggs) from the crashed Mustang is true.... it seems that it was a local policeman not the young lad who braved the flames!! I have a copy of the Policeman’s commendation for the act.