RAF Bunker Trip 14/02/20

On Tuesday 4th February, Year 6 Goldcrest class travelled back 79 years to gain a thorough understanding into the plotting to defeat the German air force (Luftwaffe). They had the exciting opportunity to visit the Battle of Britain Bunker, where they visited the underground operations room formerly used by No. 11 Group Fighter Command, during the Second World War. The children each acted as a vital presence in the control of the aircraft, as they remained station in an operation room with plotting sticks, plotting blocks and microphones, ready to direct fighter aircrafts against the Luftwaffe! They also discovered interesting facts about Fighter aircraft operations and how they were controlled from there throughout the War, but most notably during the Battle of Britain and on D-Day.

Operation Sealion may have been deferred, but the children’s curiosity only heightened as the children eagerly followed in the footsteps of the fighter controller, imposing commands from a raised platform in the operations room. The children thoroughly enjoyed the journey into the Battle of Britain Bunker and particularly admired the role of the controller who could identify each squadron’s location and their plan of action, allowing him to make some potentially fatal decisions.

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