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About the Battle of Britain bunker

Now under the ownership of Hillingdon Council, the Battle of Britain Bunker in Uxbridge played a crucial role in the defence of the United Kingdom in its darkest hour in 1940.

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. 

The Operations Room, in reality a series of rooms on two levels some 60 feet (18m) under-ground, 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.

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed, by so many to so few."
Winston Churchill, 16 August 1940

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For your interest

5 September 2015: Polish War Memorial Remembrance Garden opened to commemorate Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary

September 2010: Spitfire reunion video

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