WWII in real time

4 hours ago
UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill goes shooting with his secretary John Coville: "The whole time he talked of the best method of killing Huns- soft-nosed bullets were the thing to use." https://t.co/hfHa7nzq8E RealTimeWWII photo
5 hours ago
Greece is partially mobilizing its armed forces & militarizing its border posts; Italian submarine attack has put Greeks on high alert.
17 hours ago
Lt. Nicolson shot down the German fighter & ejected from his burning cockpit- now shot in eye & foot & badly burned. On his descent via parachute, a nervous British Home Guard shot him in the leg.
18 hours ago
Today British Flight Lt. James Nicolson, plane in flames from the cannon of a Luftwaffe fighter, spotted another German Me 109- & stopped trying to bale out so he could shoot it down.
21 hours ago
For the 1st time, the Luftwaffe have attacked London, bombing South Croydon airfield, in centre of a crowded suburb; 60 civilians are dead. https://t.co/BYBepNQnOk RealTimeWWII photo
1 day ago
The German government has once again banned dancing- wartime "austerity ban" on celebrations was relaxed after the conquest of France, to allow 2 nights of "victory dancing" each week.

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.


 

Look North visit 2015

Lights! Camera! Action!

Lights! Camera! Action!

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