TQ0683 : The No.11 Group Operations Room, Uxbridge

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

The No.11 Group Operations Room, Uxbridge
The No.11 Group Operations Room, Uxbridge
The Operations Room displayed various pieces of information in different ways, which the controller seated above the room behind curved, reflection-free glass would then use in order to make decisions. The location of formations of both enemy and friendly aircraft was displayed using numbered blocks on the map table below. Time was of the essence as enemy aircraft spotted in northern France by primitve long-range radar along the coast (the Chain Home system) could be over London within 20 minutes. The current activities of No.11 Group's squadrons e.g. 'At Standby', 'Enemy Sighted', 'Ordered to Land', etc. were displayed on the wall behind, the so-called 'tote board', using a series of lights. Current weather conditions at No.11 Group's sector stations were indicated with a system of coloured discs and the passage of time was tracked using a coordinated system of clock and coloured indicators. All information was received from either Fighter Command headquarters or the sector stations via telephone and teleprinter.

The operations room now has its 'tote board' and map table set as it was at 11:30am on the 15th September 1940, Battle of Britain Day.

There is another photo here: TQ0683 : Battle of Britain underground Operations Room, Uxbridge
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
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Visitor site: LinkExternal link

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Saturday, 12 October, 2019   (more nearby)
Sunday, 13 October, 2019
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