National Filling Factory No.1, also known as Barnbow, was a First World War munitions factory located at Cross Gates in Leeds. The site covered over 400 acres. When war was declared, shells were being filled and armed at Leeds Forge Company, in Armley.
73 years ago to this very day on the 14th of November 1944. Halifax bomber LK844 part of the 51 squadron of the R.A.F took off from Snaith airfield near Goole. The bomber was taking part in a night training exercise. It wasn’t carrying any bombs, but did have ammunition on board for it’s 9 machine guns.
On the main square in Bastogne is a bust of General Mc Auliffe. He and his American troops withstood the brunt of the German attack on Bastogne during the Battle of Bastogne in December 1945.