WWII in real time

3 hours ago
William Shirer reports from Berlin: "This is Hitler's masterpiece. From now on, the German people will say war is the fault of the English."
3 hours ago
German radio announces that UK government has rejected Hitler's "generous offer of peace, with 95% of British Empire intact." General public reaction in Berlin: "stubborn English fools".
3 hours ago
Following rigged public referendums, Estonia, Latvia, & Lithuania have been annexed by the USSR- they are now part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
6 hours ago
Brauchitsch tells Hitler that initial research suggests German invasion of USSR will take "four to six weeks... to defeat the Russian Army", which has "fifty to seventy-five good divisions".
7 hours ago
With Britain "almost defeated", Hitler is advocating an invasion of Russia this autumn: "It will be an easy victory, compared to France." He orders General Brauchitsch to plan the attack.
7 hours ago
Hitler, to his German generals: "England's situation is hopeless. The war has been won by us. A reversal of our successes is impossible."

The Preservation Group

The preservation group was formed around April 2008 from like minded people who had a genuine interest in saving the former Fighter Command Headquarters, a building that is now Grade II listed.

To date, members of the preservation group are as follows:

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Although each one of us has a title and a primary role, we also take on a multitude of different tasks whenever the need arises.

The name of the group was a very important aspect and various names were discussed. The name had to reflect the type of project we were involved in. Bunker Thirteen seemed to stand out and was quite significant in respect that 13 Group Fighter Command was based here in Newcastle and of course it is an underground bunker.

For the past five years, Bunker Thirteen have been searching intensively for veterans that served in or around the HQ. We got lucky – we found five, two of whom have been our inspiration. We are still actively searching for more veterans who served in the Bunker HQ during the years 1939 -1946.

In those past five years also, we have gathered a large following of supporters, ranging from ordinary people to large historical establishments such as Yorkshire Air Museum, Beamish Open Air Museum, Historical Branch of the RAF, Battle of Britain Sector Operations Room at RAF Uxbridge as well as various Aircrew Associations and Royal Air Force Associations from as far as the tip of Scotland down to North Devon.

Bunker Thirteen is going from strength to strength and has now become a limited company.

4 Responses to The Preservation Group

  • ben walker says:

    hi, great to see the bunker on news tonight, i am a sign maker based in gateshead and would like to offer my sign and prop making service to the benefit of the bunkers restoration,
    i make everything from vinyl graphics right through to 3d built, cnc machined lettering & engravings.
    hope i can help.

    • colin anderson says:

      Hi Ben,
      although we are still at a very early stage with regards to restoration what you offer could be very useful. We have a meeting on Wednesday night and we’ll be in touch properly soon after that.
      Cheers
      Colin Anerson
      Bnker 13

  • Saw the bunker on the TV and wondered if the Battlefields Trust could be of any use to you. Too little mention is made of the RAF,s defence of the NE. I am sure that members of the Trust will show great interest in this very worthwhile project. Please get in touch at the above email address.

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