Day 37 – Battle of Britain Bunker

 

No. 11 Group Operations Room

No. 11 Group Operations Room

EVAN

We went to the Battle of Britain Bunker in Uxbridge.

In  World War 2 the bunker was responsible for co-ordinating the air defence of London and the South East.  It was called No. 11 Group Operations Room.

There were three others in the country, this is the last remaining one.

73 Steps down into the bunker

73 Steps down into the bunker

The Plotting Room was the most important room.  Britain used radar  to spot incoming German planes.

In the Plotting Room was a big table with a map on it of the coast of France and the South East of England.

Operations table

Operations table

Women worked in pairs around the table.  One would find out where the enemy was and mark it on the table with blocks and arrows. The other one would put blocks on to show which squadron had been called up to defend Britain.

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At the back of the room was a big board called the Black Board.  It had lights on it to show what squadrons were fighting.

The Black Board

The Black Board

On September 15th 1940 Winston Churchill visited.  Whilst he was there all the lights on the board were turned red.  Churchill asked if we had any planes not fighting, the answer was no, every pilot and every plane were involved in battle.

As Churchill stepped out of the bunker he said “Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few”.

That was the most significant day of the battle.

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The Hurricane

The Hurricane

Spitfire

Spitfire

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One thought on “Day 37 – Battle of Britain Bunker

  1. What an interesting visit to the Battle of Britain bunker .what a lot to see and learn about the wartime .there is so much to learn about I bet Evan enjoyed seeing a spitfire. Great visit xx

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