WWII in real time

9 hours ago
Paul: "A British Captain- a Jew- he tended the dying. Six of my crewmates escaped a sinking submarine, to die to German bombs. Hard to take."
10 hours ago
Prisoner Paul Mengelberg: "One German, named Ackerman- his torso's ripped in two by a bomb. Utterly sane & clear-headed, even though he's only half a man."
10 hours ago
Luftwaffe planes attacking Scotland- including Duff House, a prison camp for captured Kriegsmarine submariners. 6 Germans dead.
10 hours ago
Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov explains to Lithuanian government: "Understand that in the future small nations will have to disappear."
11 hours ago
General Hideki Tojo has been appointed Army Minister in the new Japanese cabinet; he's a strong supporter of alliance with Nazi Germany & will push for more aggressive expansion in China & South Asia. https://t.co/84hZXRWLXZ RealTimeWWII photo
15 hours ago
Thousands of Estonians, Latvians, & Lithuanians, those who failed to get their passport stamped by voting for the Communists in last week's elections, now being arrested by NKVD secret police.

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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