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November 20th, 2014 at 10:16pm
British troops are invading Benghazi: chasing German Army as it flees from Egypt, Allies now capture key Libyan port. http://t.co/8LnPsBUmly
November 20th, 2014 at 12:08am
Red Army tanks have punched through outnumbered & outgunned Romanian & Italian lines north of Stalingrad, taking 27,000 prisoners in one day
November 19th, 2014 at 11:43pm
"We scrambled from our beds to our guns, pulling on clothes sleep-drunk. Cold wind blew on my arse- I'd put my trousers on backwards."
November 19th, 2014 at 11:41pm
Henry Metelman, with Romanian Army, is facing first shock of Uranus: "All hell broke loose, an inferno of bombs; the Russians are coming!"
November 19th, 2014 at 11:36pm
Soviets swing 900 new T34 tanks into Uranus assault; Germans have sent 100s of Luftwaffe bombers west to fight Allies http://t.co/kfvaGoeXqV

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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