TQ0683 : Statue of Sir Keith Park, Visitor Centre, Battle of Britain Bunker, Uxbridge

taken 2 years ago, near to Uxbridge, Hillingdon, Great Britain

Statue of Sir Keith Park, Visitor Centre, Battle of Britain Bunker, Uxbridge
Statue of Sir Keith Park, Visitor Centre, Battle of Britain Bunker, Uxbridge
Air Chief Marshal, Sir Keith Park (1892-1975) was the Air Officer Commanding Number 11 (Fighter) Group at RAF Uxbridge from April to December 1940. He commanded the RAF fighter squadrons that defended London and south-east England during the Battle of Britain.

The statue now here formerly stood on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in 2009 to recognise his role during the Battle. A permanent (and smaller) bronze statue was unveiled at Waterloo Place in 2010 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain TQ2980 : Statue of Sir Keith Park, Waterloo Place, London (2)
Battle of Britain Bunker, Uxbridge

The Battle of Britain Bunker is an underground operations room at the site of the former RAF Uxbridge. Following excavations in 1938, the Bunker was constructed in top-secrecy between February and August 1939 by Sir Robert McAlpine. The floor of the Bunker is 60 ft underground and is accessed by a staircase of 76 steps. The walls, floor and ceiling are approximately 1 metre thick and are made of concrete with waterproof lining. The solid concrete walls and the approximately 30 ft of earth above the Bunker's ceiling meant that no bomb of the period could penetrate it. A ventilation and air filtration system, which still functions well, was installed to provide an air supply to the Operations Room staff.

The bunker was 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 Hillingdon Council as a heritage attraction with attached museum. A new visitor centre above ground opened in March 2018.

The Group Operations Room is a Grade I Listed Building (List Entry Number: 1392556) LinkExternal link
Wikipedia: LinkExternal link
Visitor site: LinkExternal link

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Saturday, 12 October, 2019   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 13 October, 2019
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Lowlands  Suburb, Urban fringe  Educational sites  Roads, Road transport  Defence, Military 
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Sculpture 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 0655 8358 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:32.4643N 0:27.8997W
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