WWII in real time

2 hours ago
Churchill hopes for "Operation Lucid" to burn German invasion transports at anchor, as Spanish Armada was once burned by Sir Francis Drake's fireships: "Let's singe Mr. Hitler's moustache."
2 hours ago
2 British tankers, packed with explosive fuel, are sailing towards French coast- fire ships meant to explode in port, incinerating ships of the German invasion fleet. https://t.co/Y5ShWyJSxo RealTimeWWII photo
6 hours ago
American film magazine Look advertises upcoming Charlie Chaplin film "The Great Dictator". Might be a satire. https://t.co/LOL1JyCf2p RealTimeWWII photo
17 hours ago
After sinking Vichy French submarine Ajax (after evacuating all of its 61 crew), Anglo-French fleet is sailing away from Dakar- de Gaulle has abandoned Operation Menace.
18 hours ago
High street in English town of Esher, near London, now being sprayed with tear gas by government- to test British preparedness for poison gas attack. https://t.co/3rciqdpKtF RealTimeWWII photo
21 hours ago
Free French & British forces have spent all day trying to fight their way into Dakar harbour- alternating between swapping shellfire with Vichy French defenders & making pleas for them to join forces & fight against Germany. https://t.co/6oqcqZYDW1 RealTimeWWII photo

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!

See the results of the filming here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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