Hillman's Airways was a 1930s British airline that later became part
of British Airways.
The company was formed in November 1931 as Hillman's Saloon Coaches
and Airways Limited by Edward Henry Hillman who was a coach operator
in Essex. His previous business had been sold to London Transport
following a change in government rules on the expansion of bus routes.
The airline's first service was a charter flight on 25 December
1931. It started a scheduled service on 1 April 1932 between
Romford and Clacton using a de Havilland Puss Moth and a de Havilland
Fox Moth; with a fare of £1 return it was operated every three hours
due to the popularity. A de Havilland Dragon was bought to operate
an international service between Romford and Paris Le Bourget.
From 1 December 1934, the airline was given a contract to fly air mail
between London, Liverpool, Glasgow and
1 Accidents and incidents 2 Fleet 3 References
3.1 Notes 3.2 Bibliography
Accidents and incidents
On 2 October 1934, de Havilland Dragon Rapide G-ACPM crashed into the
sea off Folkestone causing the death of the pilot and the six
On 26 January 1935, de Havilland Dragon Rapide G-ACPO, operating a
mail flight from Aldergrove Airport,
de Havilland Dragon (6) de Havilland Dragon Rapide (8) de Havilland Express (3) de Havilland Fox Moth de Havilland Puss Moth
^ a b Bluffield 2009, pp. 115-116 ^ a b c d Bluffield 2009, pp. 138-139 ^ "Channel Air Disaster Crash Into The Sea, Seven Dead, Pilot's Signal For Bearings". News. The Times (46875). London. 4 October 1934. col A, p. 12. ^ Poole, p. 12. ^ a b Bluffield 2009, pp. 152-153 ^ "Leap from 'plane / Sisters' Suicide". Sydney Morning Herald. 26 February 1935. p. 11.
Bluffield, Robert (2009). Imperial Airways - The Birth of the British Airline Industry 1914-1940. Hersham, Surrey, England: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 978-1-906537-07-4. Doyle, Neville. 2002. The Triple Alliance: The Predecessors of the first British Airways. Air-Britain. ISBN 0-85130-286-6 Moss, Peter W. October 1974. British Airways. Aeroplane Monthly. Pirie, G.H. 2009. Air Empire: British Imperial Civil Aviation 1919-39. Manchester University Press ISBN 978-0-7190-4111-2 Poole, Stephen (1999). Rough Landing or Fatal Flight. Douglas: Amulree Publications. ISBN 1-901508