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Neville Chamberlain

by Derek Page

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Derek Page
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05 January 2005

A friend and I were discussing the old Croydon Airport and I mentioned that was where Neville Chamberlain landed with the Angle-German Declaration. I understood that he left his aircraft with one hand clutching his umbrella and the other the Anglo-German declaration, proclaiming the famous words "peace in our time".

My friend disputed this and said the airport he landed was Heston in North London. He said people presumed this as Croydon was the London airport at the time.I have checked this on the Web and both airports are mentioned in various articles but it could only be one of them where he stated the famous words.

Is it possible to confirm which site he actually landed.

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Message 1 - Neville Chamberlain

Posted on: 06 January 2005 by Peter - WW2 Site Helper

Yes, he landed at Heston Airport. There are numerous reliable sources for this. See, for example, "The Gathering Storm" - Volume I of Winston Churchill's "The Second World War".

 

Message 2 - Neville Chamberlain

Posted on: 06 January 2005 by Derek Page

Peter

Many thanks for the confirmation that NC actually landed at Heston.

Regards

Derek

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