The Story of 'The Angels'

Where does all this information come from

Why were they called 'The Aycliffe Angels'?

What did the Factory manufacture?

Plans and Photos of the Factory (1940s)

TIMELINE of the Factory & Workers

Winston Churchill visits the Aycliffe Factory (1942)

Mrs Dillon - Senior ROF worker who received a medal

Honour at last, thanks to The Northern Echo

The Aycliffe Angels 2000-2020

Extremely dangerous work...

Workers' Houses and Accommodation

350 Houses on Secret Estate in Darlington

Photo Gallery 1 - (Admin Staff)

Photo Gallery 2 - (Production Staff)

Photo Gallery 3 - (Individual Angels)

Photo Gallery 4 - (ROF site in 1945)

Photo Gallery 5 - (ROF Fire Brigade)

Documents and Certificates etc...

What's left of Aycliffe ROF?

Surviving ROF buildings...

Links for History of The Aycliffe Angels

Why were they called 'The Aycliffe Angels'?

Well, the reason is quite simple - Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce).

Lord Haw Haw was a traitor who worked for the Nazis during World War II, making English Language propoganda radio brodcasts on Radio Luxembourg and other stations.

He dubbed them "the little angels of Aycliffe", promising that the Luftwaffe would bomb them into submission. Fortunately, that never happened!

"The Little angels of Aycliffe won't get away with it," he had said in numerous broadcasts, highlighting the importance of their work.


Germany Calling...

Despite the huge popularity of Lord Haw Haw's wartime broadcasts, most people realised they were nothing more than blatant Nazi propoganda and lies.

Captured by the British, Joyce stood trial for treason. His claim of American citizenship was denied because he held a British passport. He was found guilty and hanged on January 3, 1946

Cartoon:-Lord Haw-Haw, Daily Mirror (12th June, 1940)


William Joyce was born in Brooklyn, NY. At the age of three, his family moved to Ireland. They remained there until Joyce turned 17, when they moved to London. Although he and his family claimed several times on various government forms that William was a "British subject by birth"; this was not the case. Nor did he ever become a naturalized citizen.
He was an American living abroad, pure and simple; still a traitor!


Learn more about Lord Haw-Haw

on wikipedia, the BBC, IWM; and read about him being hanged in the Guardian.