WWII in real time

20 hours ago
Japanese ordered to surrender: "If you die there will be no one left who knows the truth about Okinawa. Bear the temporary shame, endure it"
20 hours ago
Japanese generals Ushijima & Chō, commanders of Okinawa defenders, have committed ritual suicide seppuku rather than surrender to Americans.
2 days ago
For 1st time in Pacific war, more than 7,000 Japanese soldiers taken prisoner- many conscripted Okinawans unwilling to die for bushido code. https://t.co/79mGKR5d0i RealTimeWWII photo
2 days ago
Losses on every side in battle of Okinawa have been horrific: 20,195 US dead, perhaps 110,000 Japanese & up to 145,000 Okinawan civilians. https://t.co/r3vrVvYbux RealTimeWWII photo
2 days ago
Organised Japanese resistance on Okinawa has ceased: after 82 days of brutal combat, American troops have captured island, with 10,000s dead https://t.co/PmXLW8RlKd RealTimeWWII photo
4 days ago
4 million people lining streets of New York City to cheer Gen. Eisenhower in a 35-mile victory parade, welcoming Allied champions of Europe. https://t.co/dH6yG3BSHh 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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Look North visit 2015

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