Photographs I've gleaned from flea markets, junk shops and sometimes ebay. The cheaper the better. Anything with a story that can be extracted from hand written notes, location research, local histories, census records......anything. A small band of fellow enthusiasts worldwide have helped me with many of these. Of course there are always mysteries that defy research, but there's even a story inside these. All images can be viewed at super-size on Flickr.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Handley Page HP.42 'Hanno'. Croydon airport.1930s

Handley Page HP.42 'Hanno' at Croydon airport. London.

Two photos I found on separate occasions which turned out to be of the same aircraft, both taken at the old airport at Croydon, south of London. G-AAUD registered to Imperial Airways 1930-1940. 'Usual station' listed as Cairo. Named 'Hanno' after the Carthaginian navigator. Wikipedia has some nice photos of her. She was wrecked by a gale while on the ground at Bristol in 1940. Only four HP.42s were built and none of them survived the war. Croydon airport was closed in 1959 and built over with retail outlets. The terminal building survives as a hotel and conference centre.

Handley Page HP.42 'Hanno'. Croydon airport.


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