WWII in real time

5 hours ago
British troops have captured German paratroopers in Norway, & discovered the equipment air-dropped with them included collapsible bicycles, welding gear & portable radios. https://t.co/C1lDCvS6MU RealTimeWWII photo
5 hours ago
British are retreating in Norway: King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry fall back from Lillehammer in total darkness, afraid of German bombers seeing a light. They're holding hands to stay together.
7 hours ago
Bill & Augusta met in her father's café after the army truck her was driving broke down; neither speaks the others' language, so Bill courted (& proposed) with the aid of a pocket dictionary.
7 hours ago
Bill Hersey is the first British soldier stationed in France to be given a permanent sleeping-out pass; today he marries a local French girl, Augusta Six.
10 hours ago
Retreating British troops in Norway hiding from Luftwaffe in a railway tunnel. 1 officer: "700 of us & a bloody train- we're almost suffocating."
12 hours ago
Anglo-French "Sickleforce" in Norway, landed to north & south of Trondheim to catch Germans in a pincer movement, has ground to a halt- British forced to retreat in south from superior German tanks & air support. https://t.co/WLyZocHMp5 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!

See the results of the filming here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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