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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  • What an amazing place this really is. The fact that your standing where the face of history changed is awe-inspiring. A quiet little place in Middlesex that rewrote British military history. The tour ...  more »
  • went to this place which only just found out existed.its free but you have to book in advance as they have to account for people.its an honour to see the original table and where churchill himself vis...  more »
  • A hidden oportunity to visit a milestone in WW2 air warfare. The visit is free, a voluntary fee is requested though. The guides are volunteers that will explain very deeply all the role of the bunker ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • This automatic Google advert has incorrect information. Visits to the Bunker must be pre-booked by calling 01895 238154 or emailing via the website in advance. Visits are not available to unscheduled appointments.
  • Amazing! An absolute must see if interested in WW2 History
  • Fantastic insight into fighter command during the battle of Britain.
  • A place of Great interest

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