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The Battle of Britain bunker

A tour of the Battle of Britain Bunker, 11am, 9 March 2019

We’ll be visiting the bunker at RAF Uxbridge, in west London, which was RAF Fighter Command’s No.11 Group Operations Room throughout the Second World War. This is the room from which most of the RAF’s operations of the Battle of Britain were co-ordinated. Key decisions that would decide the fate of the world were taken in the bunker throughout 1940 and it was thanks to the tireless work of the plotters and controllers that the RAF’s fighter pilots managed to keep the Luftwaffe at bay.

The Operations Room is a series of rooms on two levels some 60 feet underground, and is reached via 76 steps. The plotting room with its large map table, squadron display boards, balloon and weather states, is exactly how it was when Winston Churchill visited on 15 September 1940. Famously, he is said to have asked what reserves the RAF had on that day, to be told “none”.

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few” – Churchill’s famous phrase about the Battle of Britain was first spoken following one of his visits to the bunker in August 1940.

The join the tour, please send a cheque for £15 per person for the tour, payable to “UK GRAND PRIORY OF ST GEORGE” with your name, rank and names of guests to Chevalier Steve Turner, Grand Treasurer, 46 Eynsham Drive Abbey Wood, London SE2 9QY. (Let Steve know if you are over 65, as the Order may get a discount.)

Details and directions are available here.

Please note that tickets are not issued.


Photo: Battle of Britain Bunker, RAF Uxbridge