WWII in real time

41 ago
Luftwaffe now parachuting magnetic mines into the Thames Estuary. British minesweeping vessel HMS Mastiff was sunk by one today, killing 6 people. https://t.co/HdWnkqHQFh RealTimeWWII photo
1 hour ago
Dr. Besson: "I drifted for 4 hours. Then I saw a rope trailing from a British destroyer. I caught hold of it with my teeth & clung to it. Using my good arm I gradually hauled myself up. I was too weak to shout for help." His family have drowned.
2 hours ago
Dr. William Besson was aboard SS Simon Bolivar when it struck a mine this weekend. His spine damaged & arm broken in the explosion, he dived into the sea to try & save his son.
2 hours ago
4 more ships sunk today by mines in UK coastal waters, bringing weekend death-toll to 140. Germany denies mine-laying in shipping channels. https://t.co/wLvYf18NrI RealTimeWWII photo
5 hours ago
British Ministry of Agriculture has launched a new campaign, "Dig For Victory", to encourage growing food in gardens, parks & wasteland, to stave off threat of German U-boats. https://t.co/iPDHEx6y68 RealTimeWWII photo
5 hours ago
Playing fields of Eton (one of UK's oldest & most expensive schools) ploughed today as part of British "Grow-More-Food" programme to cope with wartime shortages. https://t.co/TWyGwFto92 RealTimeWWII photo

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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