Flying High - Wartime Exploits
Of course Plaxton are famous for the coach and bus models which have been a familiar sight on our roads for the greater part of the last century, but you might not know that Plaxton have played a part in many significant events of the last 100 years.
Plaxton ceased vehicle production during the war years, efforts turning to support activities for the military and aircraft industries. Ammunition transit boxes were the first items to be made, in huge numbers, by the workforce which had become severely depleted by wartime military call-ups. Before long the skilled workers that remained were called on to build transit frames and cases for propellers, engines and airframe sections such as wings and fuselages of military aircraft. These were used to deliver the sections and components between factories prior to assembly and their first flight, It was with this activity which Plaxton made it’s contribution to one of the most famous exploits of the second world war.
The Lancaster bomber, famous for it’s use by 617 Squadron of the R.A.F. in the Dambusters raid of May 1943, was built at the Avro plant in Manchester but airframe sections were transported there from around the country in frames and cases made by Plaxton.