London Aircraft Production (L.A.P.)

London Aircraft Production (L.A.P.)

During the Second World War, many London factories abandoned their normal production to focus on war work. Manufacture of munitions, vehicles and aircraft was a priority.

London Transport (L.T) was one of the largest organisations in London contributing to the war effort. Its Charlton tram and trolleybus works took on additional work manufacturing ammunition and gun parts. The buses and coaches department at Chiswick Works manufactured armoured lorries and parts. On the site adjacent to Acton Works, damaged vehicles including tanks were overhauled.

Notable amongst L.T's wartime productions was the completion of 710 Handley Page Halifax bomber aircraft. Together with Chrysler, Duple, Express Motor & Bodyworks Limited, and Park Royal Coachworks, L.T. formed the London Aircraft Production Group (L.A.P) in 1940. The L.T. chairman, Lord Ashfield, also became chairman of the L.A.P.

L.T. had responsibility for manufacturing the centre section of the plane, installing engine units and the front fuselage, final assembly and aircraft testing. It also coordinated the group's work. The heart of the organisation was established at the L.T. works at Chiswick, with additional premises on land set aside for the Northern Line construction at Aldenham. Later L.T. also took over a new factory built at Leavesden, near Watford, for the final assembly and testing of the planes.

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