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Battle of Britain Bunker, Uxbridge

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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 as a Force Development asset, but can also be visited by the general public as a heritage attraction with attached museum.The Bunker is located at RAF Uxbridge, not far from Uxbridge town centre and Uxbridge Underground station.Integrated Air Defence/The Dowding SystemAs the location of No. 11 Group RAF's Operations Room, The Battle of Britain Bunker was one of the key parts of the world's first Integrated air defence system. Often known as the "Dowding system" (after Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, Commander-in-Chief Fighter Command at the time of installation), the system linked Fighter Command with Anti-Aircraft Command, Barrage Balloon Command, the Observer Corps, Chain Home Radio Direction Finding (radar), and the intelligence services. Under the system, these organisations worked together for the first time in order to achieve one goal: the successful defence of the UK's airspace.
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  • Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few. The same could be said for the Friends of 11 Group! What a fantastic visit to a wonderfully preserved piece of iconic h...  read more »
  • This is the original bunker used by 11th group during the second world War. It has been accurately restored and is well worth a visit. Visits at the time I went were appointment only see website for m...  read more »
  • I was fortunate to attend this location during a presentation by the leading expert in the world on the subject. Had I not, this museum would have seemed like a pile of old stuff, and I would never ha...  read more »
  • Brilliant insight into the raf 11 group operations in ww2
  • Marvellous visit for anyone with interest in WW2, RAF, or Battle of Britain. Original two-level bunker with classic Fighter Group Operations Room layout (where the WAAFs would push the signs around the map with sticks). This is a private museum, staffed by volunteers; so open dates, times and payment are somewhat fluid - check their website for current details, and pre-booking may be needed. Plan on a two-hour visit.
  • Fascinating place. Even though one of my grandfathers had been an observer in WWII, it didn't really hit home until visiting the BoB Bunker just how hard the observers worked and how much stress they must have been under, day in, day out. The volunteer officers and staff on duty were very helpful and obviously interested in their subject and their visitors' interests We saw a few slightly bored children; they've tried to make it appealing to younger visitors but lingering over anything - and there was much to warrant lingering - will leave youngsters with little to grab their attention. Getting to the actual site will no doubt be easier once nearby building projects have been completed. It's a good 10 minute hike from the nearest U2 bus stop - and there's a long flight of stairs to negotiate once you're there. In summary: well worth a visit for grown-ups.
  • Very interesting to visit this place as it's one of the four bunkers where the UK air defence was controlled during the Battle of Britain and it was then a highly secret location. There's a video and tour of the bunker (quite a few steps down to get to it) and volunteers are on hand to answer questions. The mapping table with wooden markers that will be familiar from war films is original.
  • Great few hours spent. Really good to be see our history
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