WWII in real time

12 hours ago
British guns at Dover have launched massive flares, lighting up the English Channel- letting RAF bombers wreak havoc on German ships sheltering in French ports.
14 hours ago
Finland, afraid of Russian aggression, has signed a treaty with the Nazis: German troops now have travel rights through Finland to occupied Norway.
14 hours ago
A Zulu tribesman has joined the Welsh Home Guard. The British citizen (who emigrated from South Africa) says he imagines he'll confuse the German invaders.
18 hours ago
The British Museum's archaeological treasures- including the Elgin Marbles- are being hidden from bombs in Aldwych underground tube station. https://t.co/DPs5tUujGT RealTimeWWII photo
23 hours ago
Britain doesn't have warships to guard vital shipping convoys- HX-72's only armed escort left last night. 6 U-boats now shadowing the convoy. All the merchant ships can do is speed up & hope to lose pursuers.
1 day ago
Convoy HX-72- ships from Bermuda, Australia, & Canada, heading towards Liverpool across the Atlantic- has been struck by lurking German submarines. So far, U-boats have sunk 3 out of 43 merchant ships in convoy.

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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