WWII in real time

5 hours ago
J. Wisters, steward on the Bolivar: "The ship seemed to lift out the water. The Captain was killed instantly. Oil-pipes burst, smothering people in cabins."
5 hours ago
Dutch passenger liner SS Simon Bolivar, en route to West Indies, was yesterday sunk by a German mine floating in the English Channel, killing 86 people. https://t.co/jY73aSZ73c RealTimeWWII photo
1 day ago
1 Wehrmacht officer reports that German troops in occupied Poland are raping Jewish women "almost casually". Army Command: troops must be reminded of Nazi laws banning "inter-racial" sex.
1 day ago
Hitler is in a rage at "childish" complaints of Nazi atrocities from Wehrmacht: "The war cannot be won with a Salvation Army attitude."
1 day ago
German Gen. Johannes Blaskowitz has sent a report to Hitler denouncing SS atrocities in Poland: "Please, restore the rule of law, above all only carry out executions after trial." https://t.co/aaoQv8o9Aj RealTimeWWII photo
1 day ago
London bombings are part of 'S-Plan', or Sabotage Campaign, aimed at damaging British economy: 10 people have been killed, despite IRA claims to avoid civilian targets. https://t.co/0YlxCud5gL 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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