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Footage shows how wartime's 'best kept secret' Uxbridge Battle of Britain bunker operated

getwestlondon visit the only fighter command bunker open to the public in the country to see how the crucial hub controlled airspace

The story of fighter aircrafts is often shared widely, but very few people know about what happened in Uxbridge and how important the underground bunker was.

Built in 1939, the bunker was turned into an underground operation after the government and armed forces suspected war might break out.

Just 10 days before the war broke up, the bunker became operational - a main operational room, the room for the main controller, a separate annexe for the intelligence services and built with its own ventilation system and telephone cables.

Those who worked at the bunker signed the official secrets act document and even those in the town didn't know the South East and London's aircraft hub was there.

But 60 ft below ground, around 60-70 people, many of whom were women, worked around 8 hour shifts to track enemy squadrons and decided whether RAF fighter pilots would be sent out to meet the enemy.

The room is set up as it was on September 15, 1940, when the Battle of Britain took place

Now a museum and historical site for visitors, the bunker still has the original map, clocks and curved glass architecture which it had during the war time.

Visited by well known wartime soldiers as well as Winston Churchill and King George VI with his wife Queen Elizabeth, the bunker even had a royal box fitted in for when they made their trip.

Other fighter command bunkers for different parts of England are in various states of disrepair, according to the museum's curator Daniel Stirland.

getwestlondon were given a tour of the bunker and shown how it operated at the time to get a glimpse into the secret lives of those who had as important a role as the aircraft pilots during the Second World War.

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