WWII in real time

June 29th, 2015 at 7:07pm
Himmler, head of Nazi SS, has ordered all remaining ghettos in occupied Poland liquidated, Jews to be taken to slave labour camps or killed.
June 28th, 2015 at 3:09pm
Nazi minister Goebbels notes in his diary that Allied air forces, not Luftwaffe, now control skies above German. http://t.co/1IpASUqhxc
June 28th, 2015 at 3:08pm
1000s of RAF & US bombers have attacked Rhineland 7 Ruhr industrial region this month, gutting 50% of some cities. http://t.co/4OGEcdr5iT
June 28th, 2015 at 3:03pm
As Allied bombing intensifies, German government orders 1 million women, children, elderly evacuated from Ruhr valley http://t.co/v9u1VdUtGX
June 26th, 2015 at 8:41pm
As well as hitting Italian base of Spezia on flight home, RAF shuttle bombers dodged Luftwaffe waiting to ambush them after Friedrichshafen.

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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