WWII in real time

2 hours ago
Churchill hopes for "Operation Lucid" to burn German invasion transports at anchor, as Spanish Armada was once burned by Sir Francis Drake's fireships: "Let's singe Mr. Hitler's moustache."
2 hours ago
2 British tankers, packed with explosive fuel, are sailing towards French coast- fire ships meant to explode in port, incinerating ships of the German invasion fleet. https://t.co/Y5ShWyJSxo RealTimeWWII photo
7 hours ago
American film magazine Look advertises upcoming Charlie Chaplin film "The Great Dictator". Might be a satire. https://t.co/LOL1JyCf2p RealTimeWWII photo
18 hours ago
After sinking Vichy French submarine Ajax (after evacuating all of its 61 crew), Anglo-French fleet is sailing away from Dakar- de Gaulle has abandoned Operation Menace.
19 hours ago
High street in English town of Esher, near London, now being sprayed with tear gas by government- to test British preparedness for poison gas attack. https://t.co/3rciqdpKtF RealTimeWWII photo
21 hours ago
Free French & British forces have spent all day trying to fight their way into Dakar harbour- alternating between swapping shellfire with Vichy French defenders & making pleas for them to join forces & fight against Germany. https://t.co/6oqcqZYDW1 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.

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 few 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 fewyears 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 company limited by guarantee.

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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