WWII in real time

November 26th, 2015 at 9:41pm
November is "Food Fights for Freedom" month in USA- celebrating rationing & sending food overseas for war effort. https://t.co/5hxbnoPWPI
November 26th, 2015 at 9:11pm
President Roosevelt reminds US citizens not to waste food during this year's Thanksgiving: https://t.co/zR6kStsnfd https://t.co/aaxbigRfZj
November 25th, 2015 at 9:51pm
Scattered across Tarawa islands in bunkers & dugouts, Japanese fought to the death- just 148 prisoners, 4690 killed. https://t.co/fi42NLt2XF
November 25th, 2015 at 9:48pm
For 1st time in Pacific, Marines on Tarawa had to fight their way ashore into teeth of Japanese fire, 100s cut down: https://t.co/rtoZN90J24
November 25th, 2015 at 9:46pm
After 4 days bloody fighting against Japanese, US Marines have finally captured atoll of Tarawa, in South Pacific. https://t.co/4HCuXSXvqk

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.



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










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