Unknown Aircraft - Alfred Golding

An unknown aircraft 'A93-2 B3' test the 'Honeycomb Nose Cone'

A39-2 B3 Alfred Golding

The man silenced by the Official Secrets Act

Alfred William Golding served in the WWI as aPrivate in the Kings Liverpool 2/6 (Rifle) Infantry. He was a runner during that time from 1916 -1919.

'A most reliable man'

Colonal MacDonalddescribed him as an 'excellent character, a most reliable man'. He had achieved qualifiactions in 'Musketry' and was a 'First Class Shot'.

First World War

Before the First World War Alfred had trained as a 'motor painter'. He resumed his career and eventually started his own business in the motor trade where he developed a good reputation for his reliability and workmanship.

Alfred at the Brownlow Garage

A photograph of Alfred outside Brownlow Garage.

Second World War

When the Second World War was announced in 1939, his business like many others was affected by the lack of materials available in order to continue trading. So he ceased trading and found essential work for the war at Dufays in Boreham Wood.

He joined the 'Home Guard' in 1939 and was very active in protecting the citizens of London.

Station Road - alfred Golding Boreham Wood
Photograph of boreham Wood.

Photographs of the time.

Photography was always someting that Alfred had been interested in, so he was interested in working at Dufays. The photography department was also known as 'Bentalls' and 'Polyphoto'. His interest in photography ment that he accumulated some interesting photographs.


He worked in the photography department to start with. Dufays were developing cinematic colour films in the Dufay-Chromax department. One of these images was of the king George VI at the microphone.
This was known as Chromatic Dufaylite which Alfred also worked on.It produced a positive of an image in colour. He had a private collection of these images.

Because of his increasing knowlege of chemicals he was allowed to experiment freely. He produced 3d images of people using resins. His techniques were advanced and inventive.

Sons of the sea - alfred Golding

Photograph of chromatic colour image 'Sons of the Sea'. Produced byMaurice Elvey 1939

The 1940's experiments

During the early years of the 1940's Alfred's knowledge of Chemical Compounds allowed him to develope further skills within the laboritory using photographic papers, gluing and laminating. His experimentation and developement was noticed, particularly by George May.

Business card - Alfred Golding

The business card of Alfred William Golding.


The Honeycomb Secret in the 'Beehive'.

Alfred was summoned to London. There he signed the Official Secrets Act and was asked to develope his idea for honeycomb. He returned to Dufay's and was given his own department known as the 'Beehive' department. It consisted of himself who was the manager and his assistant known as 'Cis'. They worked in secret and designed and developed the materials for the aeronatical industry and ultimately the 'nose cone'.

laminating machine Alfred Golding

The Laminating machine in the production process for the Honeycomb.


The 'Honeycomb Nose Cone' and Alfred Golding.

Nose Cone Alfred Golding
Some of the material were very strong and at one stage he passed out from chemical exposure.

The Address Book that contained secrets

Alfred's address book contained the names and address of those in command of the most 'restricted' developement and top secret manouvers of the aeronatical world.

Address Book - Alfred Golding      Address Book Contents Alfred Golding      Honeycomb and metal details - Alfred Golding

They included the leading experts in the field of aeronautical engineering.

He also had contact with: Royal College of Aeronautics, Bletchley, Cranfield; De Havilland, Airspeed Division; Decca Radio, Radar Department; Ministry of Works, Heavy Research Section; Nidolite SA; Rolls Royce; Ministry of Supply; The Radio Bureau; R.A.E. Farnborough, Mr Oakes (structures), Les Phillips; Thermo Plastics Ltd; SEMTEX; Underwater Detection Establishment, Portland; U.S.A.F Base; S.A.A.B Aircraft Co; B.O.A.C;  and several other aviation engineering sites.

      Letter Alfred Golding

A Letter from Captain Hellinger


The Official patented product of Honeycomb

'Unexpanded structural honeycomb material formed of permanently creasable material is extended in its expansion direction and compressed perpendicular to the expansion direction, e.g. between pressure rollers, so that the cells adopt a configuration in which they have dimensions in the expansion direction which are large compared with their dimensions in the direction of compression and the creasable material is creased. On subsequently being allowed to expand, the material adopts a self-sustaining open cellular configuration.' 3996087 is referenced by 2 patents at the patent office.
Dufaylite Developmentsl Ltd history did not begin until 1955


Aircraft Tests

He was involved in the tests that were undertaken to make the 'honeycomb' safe and when the 'nose cones' were tested he had evidence of the flights in photographs.

A92-3 B3 Alfred Golding

Know one knows what the planes were that are featured in these photographs.

A92-3 B3 Alfred Golding 2

The files and correspondance he kept were marked 'Restricted' and included the names of those at the top of the aeronautical profession.

  RESTRICTED - Alfred Golding - Honeycomb

Some of the tests were unsucessful. The 'RESTRICTED' reports detail everything that went wrong. Reports are by I.M. Hunter, J.F. Atherton, L.N.Phillips and P.L.McMullen.

Honeycomb tests - Alfred Golding


He worked at Dufay's from 1939 until 1963. He never recieved any recognition for the work he did in designing and developing the 'Honeycomb' and the 'Honeycomb Nose Cone'. Quite the contrary, by signing the Official Secrets Act he was bound never to speak of his work and in so doing, he allowed George May to take the credit.

It is time that Alfred William Golding's story is told and he recieves the credit and recognition that due to him.

                 Portrait Alfred Golding