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.
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.
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.
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.
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.