The aim of the Burtonwood Association is to uphold the memory of the men,
women and activities that occurred at RAF Burtonwood, Warrington, England since 1939 to the present day
and to record all those achievements and preserve them for further generations.
A touching war poem that inspired the heroes of the skies,
by a grease stained man with the wrench in his hand,
who was the man who put them there.
Ground Crew Mechanic
Based at Base Air Depot 1 Burtonwood, Burtonwood was also known by the US servicemen as, (BAD 1)
Through the history of world aviation, many names have come to the fore.
Great deeds of the past in our memory will last, as they’re joined by more and more.
When a man first started his labour, in his quest to conquer the sky.
He was designer, mechanic and pilot and he built a machine that would fly.
The pilot was everyone’s hero, he was brave, he was bold, he was grand.
As he stood by his battered old biplane with his goggles and helmet in hand.
To be sure these pilots all earned it, to fly when you had to have guts.
And they blazed their name in the Hall of Fame on wings with bailing wire struts.
But for each of our flying heroes there were thousands of little renown.
And these were the men who worked on the planes but kept their feet on the ground.
We all know the name of Lindberg and we’ve read of his flight into fame.
But think, if you can, of his maintenance man. Can you remember his name?
And think of our wartime heroes – Gabreski, Jabara and Scott.
Can you tell me the names of their crew cheifs? A thousand to one you cannot.
Now pilots are highly trained people and wings are not easily won.
But without the work of the maintenance man our pilots would march with a gun.
So when you see the mighty aircraft, as they mark their path through the air.
The grease stained man with the wrench in his hand. Is the man who put them there.