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January 26th, 2015 at 12:03am
Soviet troops flood across Caucasus, encircling Italian & Hungarian armies & isolating Germans in Stalingrad. http://t.co/KKYyEQNWI4
January 25th, 2015 at 1:17am
Pres. Roosevelt, eager to keep Stalin happy, has overruled hesitant Churchill by ruling out any negotiated peace with German & Japan.
January 25th, 2015 at 1:11am
After a week's conference in Casablanca, Allied leaders have announced demand for "unconditional surrender" of Axis. http://t.co/cRrKdJabGh
January 23rd, 2015 at 12:12am
After a month of resistance on north coast of Papua New Guinea, Japanese forces finally pushed back to beachheads. http://t.co/Qz0FVjMspO
January 21st, 2015 at 1:24am
SS have called in German troops to crush Jewish resistance in Warsaw ghetto; temporary armed defiance has scattered before Wehrmacht.

Bunker 13 – RAF Blakelaw

RAF Blakelaw was a WW2 Royal Air Force Fighter command station based at what is now Kenton Bar in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

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It’s location was chosen before September 1938 and a temporary surface station was brought into use by July 1939 to coincide with the formation of 13 group which controlled fighters north of the Humber and throughout Scotland.

The permanent underground bunker was completed and became fully operational on December 3rd 1939 at 23:59hrs.

Although the site is now surrounded by new houses the Bunker still exists and is listed grade II

 The Bunker formed part of the revolutionary air defence system devised by Dowding.

This comprised an integrated air defence system which included:

  • Radar (whose potential Dowding was among the first to appreciate).

  • Human observers (including the Royal Observer Corps), who filled crucial gaps in what radar was capable of detecting at the time (the early radar systems, for example, did not provide good information on the altitude of incoming German aircraft),

  • Raid plotting

  • Radio control of aircraft.

    The whole network was tied together, in many cases, by dedicated phone links buried sufficiently deeply to provide protection against bombing. The network had its apex (and Dowding his own headquarters) at RAF Bentley Priory, a converted country house on the outskirts of London.

 

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Bunker13 Ltd is currently unable to arrange visits to the bunker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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