WWII in real time

14 hours ago
At Potsdam conference, UK represented by both Churchill & Labour leader Atlee, as either could be PM- election result unknown until 26 July. https://t.co/ne9dclqHoS RealTimeWWII photo
14 hours ago
At Potsdam conference, Truman & Churchill send warning to Japan: US patience "rapidly running out", surrender or face "virtual destruction".
1 day ago
Australian, Dutch & US troops on Borneo break Japanese resistance at Balikpapan, last garrison on island; jungle still full of guerrillas. https://t.co/qHZfkO6osK RealTimeWWII photo
3 days ago
Japan's govt. increasingly desperate to hear Allied peace terms- to keep USSR, currently neutral, out of war & stop devastating US bombing.
4 days ago
Japanese foreign minister Togo orders Moscow ambassador to ask surrender terms: "we are secretly giving consideration to termination of war"
4 days ago
Ammo depot explosions shatter windows, collapse buildings in nearby Halifax- but city evacuated, sparing death toll of 1917 explosion (2000) https://t.co/Mjl1UjfJ8Q 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!

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