On the 3rd November 2016, the Royal Aeronautical Society Heathrow Branch successfully organised a Branch Visit of around 20 Branch Members to the RAF Uxbridge Museum – Battle of Britain Bunker. This tour was considered as an excellent event by many participated members and was accompanied by Chris Wren from the RAF Uxbridge Museum, who provided the group a very insightful introduction on the history and development of the War, the Museum and the operation of the Bunker. The Visit finished by a grand tour around the RAF Uxbridge Museum exhibition.
The Battle of Britain Bunker is the Royal Air Force’s primary Force Development and Public Engagement asset. The Bunker housed the Fighter Command No.11 Group Operations Room throughout the Second World War, the room from which most of the RAF’s side of the Battle of Britain was coordinated. Key decisions that would decide the fate of the nation 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.
On the 16th August 1940, upon leaving the No.11 Group Operations Room at RAF Uxbridge, the Prime Minster at the time, Winston Churchill commented –
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”
A range of selected photos from this Visit can be browsed through our Flickr Online Gallery below ▼.
William Li, 07 November 2016