WWII in real time

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The last V2 rocket has fallen on Britain: Ivy Millichamp has been killed in her house in Orpington, southeast London by a German flying bomb https://t.co/r8FvdLrzlm RealTimeWWII photo
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Last V2 rocket to hit London smashes Vallance Road flats; most residents Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution: https://t.co/7UdVHsFBQ3 https://t.co/X6YKlR8Xvt RealTimeWWII photo
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As Allied forces closing in on V2 launch sites, Germans frantically send last rockets at Belgium & England; 134 people killed in East London https://t.co/UZkQMGHQnu RealTimeWWII photo
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SAS have failed to cut pass, surrounded by hostile pro-German civilians; 2 have already been captured & shot under Hitler's "Commando Order"
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Operation Cold Comfort: UK SAS commandos parachuted into Alps, ordered to start avalanches to cut vital Brenner Pass linking Germany-Italy. https://t.co/jTt1WDOl5G RealTimeWWII photo
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Even Nazi leadership shocked by Hitler's orders to destroy Germany's bridges, factories, & supply depots: https://t.co/nxRLsQIuQU
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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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