Refurbished Guardian

25 November 2010

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Refurbished Spitfire Gate Guardian Unveiled at 11 Group Bunker Uxbridge

A new Spitfire replica has been installed at the entrance to the No 11 Group Operations Room at RAF Uxbridge to join the Hurricane in Polish markings that was unveiled in September. The Spitfire previously stood at the entrance to RAF Uxbridge but was taken away for refurbishment and repainting in D-Day markings. The Operations Room (or Battle of Britain Bunker as it is more commonly known) at RAF Uxbridge is famous for its role in the Battle of Britain but what is less well known is that the bunker also was also used to control the D-Day Normandy landings.

Guests bow their heads during the dedication

The refurbishment of the Spitfire was paid for by the London Borough of Hillingdon as part of its Civic Pride agenda and was unveiled by Council Leader Cllr Ray Puddifoot on 27 October in the presence of Mayor of Hillingdon Cllr David Yarrow, RAF Northolt personnel, Normandy veterans and a number of other civic guests and Mayors from other London Boroughs.

Despite the formal closure of RAF Uxbridge the No 11 Group Operations Room is to be retained by the RAF and parented by RAF Northolt.

Unveiling ceremony of Spitfire guardian at the Battle of Britain Bunker at RAF Uxbridge

Photo above: Wing Commander Mike Smith (OC Support Wing) thanks Council Leader Cllr Ray Puddifoot, watched by two Normandy veterans.

Editor: Sqn Ldr Richard Willis.

Photography: SAC Stewart Paterson/RAF/MOD Crown Copyright 2010.

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