WWII in real time

11 hours ago
U.S. "peace envoy" Sumner Welles flying back to America tonight, after tour of Germany, France, Italy & UK to advocate disarmament & negotiated peace. Hitler, Chamberlain, Mussolini & Daladier have all rejected his proposals.
15 hours ago
German newspapers describe yesterday's Luftwaffe raid on Scapa Flow- which 1 Scottish civilian & 7 sailors- as "a portent of what England may expect" from aerial bombing.
19 hours ago
French soldier Jean-Paul Sartre: "The war machine is running in neutral; 1 of the men in my unit said to me, insane hope in his eyes: 'England will climb down, no-one will fight.'"
1 day ago
Last Finnish civilians leaving Viipuri, as Soviet forces occupy the city tomorrow; 1 officer: "It was upsetting to see villages burning in battle; it is more so to leave undamaged houses for the Russians."
2 days ago
A flight of German bombers returning from attacking British fleet at Scapa Flow has accidentally hit tiny Scottish hamlet of Brig o'Waithe- James Isbister, 27, is the first British civilian killed by a German bomb. https://t.co/Zdmdjupb1Z RealTimeWWII photo
2 days ago
New German decree orders creation of licensed police-run brothels under medical supervision, "to protect Wehrmacht members against health dangers". To prevent "racial mixing", Jewish prostitutes banned.

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.
      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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