WWII in real time

3 hours ago
"Nazis drive towards Channel, aim to cut off British retiring in Belgium": As Germans tanks approach the sea, newspapers begin to report possibility of mass Allied encirclement. https://t.co/AWmagpVGsr RealTimeWWII photo
4 hours ago
New French general Weygand has cancelled orders for an immediate counterattack on Germans; he says first he must tour the front to "assess the situation".
16 hours ago
Winston Churchill is making his first radio speech as Prime Minister: "a solemn hour for the life of our country, of our empire, of our allies, and, above all, of the cause of Freedom." https://t.co/p9i631FlqC
18 hours ago
Much-maligned General Gamelin replaced as French commander-in-chief by General Maxime Weygand (73), who warns French cabinet: "You will not be surprised if I cannot answer for victory." https://t.co/UlEOelpnYH RealTimeWWII photo
18 hours ago
British fascist Oswald Mosley has been stopped from giving a pro-Nazi speech in Manchester, by a crowd of 10,000 who stormed past police to assault him with bundles of anti-fascists leaflets. https://t.co/fDLWVRJReC RealTimeWWII photo
20 hours ago
Churchill ordering evacuation plan drawn up for British Expeditionary Force, codenamed Dynamo; if Germans reach the sea, British desperate to avoid being trapped in Belgium. https://t.co/he9QSlYeG9 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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