Battle of Britain Bunker

The sign on this Memorial reads:-

 

No. 11 Fighter Group Royal Air Force Operations Room 1939 - 1946

Beneath this stone is the site of the underground Operations Room from which the greater part of the Hurricane & Spitfire Squadrons were controlled during the Battle of Britain

During this epic battle these squadrons shot down over 1,300 of the 1,733 enemy aircraft destroyed. This great achievement contributed largely to our ultimate success and survival and inspired Sir Winston Churchill's now famous words - "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

 

 

Needless to say there is little to see at ground level, except for a Spitfire & a Hurricane

 

 

 

However 60 feet underground is the preserved Operations Room complex

 

 

 

The Plotting Room set up exactly as it was on the decisive day of the battle, 15th September 1940

 

 

 

 

The Plotting Room from one of the overview control cabins

 

 

 

The Duty Controller's Chair overlooking the Plotting Room

 

 

 

A number of rooms have been recreated evoking the atmosphere of the time

 

 

 

Original faded newspapers capture the spirit of the time

 

 

 

A small museum shows associated memorabilia

 

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The Battle of Britain Bunker is an underground operations room at RAF Uxbridge, formerly used by No. 11 Group Fighter Command  during the Second World War. Fighter aircraft operations were controlled from there throughout the War but most notably during the Battle of Britain and on D-Day. Today it is run by the Royal Air Force and can be visited by the general public as a heritage attraction with attached museum. (Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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