The home of No 11 Fighter Group RAF Operations Room 1939-1946.
It is open at weekends without any requirement for a reservation. The fact that it is free is pretty remarkable. Donate generously, take time to read the catalogue of boards along the walls and ponder the importance of this underground hole to the outcome and success of the war.
The Hurricane and Spitfires almost hidden from view don't fail to capitulate you into the essence of war and the aerial struggle. The site of underground operations from which the greater part of the hurricane and spitfire squadrons were controlled during the Battle of Britain.
In Uxbridge. Who knew?!
Certainly not me, but this should be on everyone's 'to visit' list.
Immaculately preserved rooms. Quiet, ponderous and respectful atmosphere. Knowledgeable volunteers and interesting video really catapulted me to the stress and reality of combative warfare.
During this epic battle these squadrons shot down over 1300 of the 1733 enemy aircraft. This great achievement contributed largely to the ultimate success and survival and inspired Churchill's words 'never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few'.
Obviously this is not wheelchair accessible and there are steep steps to enter the bunker. The whole place is very well preserved, the parking is free and easy. Keep going past the building site, it looks pretty innocuous when entering. Bit of a shame that the monumentous importance of this place is overshadowed by bulldozers and skips at present. Don't let that put you off.
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