RAF Uxbridge

RAF Uxbridge

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RAF Uxbridge was a non-flying Royal Air Force (RAF) station in Uxbridge within the London Borough of Hillingdon. The grounds cover , made up from the land of Hillingdon House which was purchased by the British Government in 1915. RAF Uxbridge predates the 1918 formation of the RAF as a result. Until the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, the station was open to the public, and a public footpath was open across the site until 1988.

The station is best known as the headquarters of No. 11 Group RAF commanded by Air Vice Marshal Sir Keith Park during the Battle of Britain, when it was responsible for the defence of the main area of combat around London and the South-East of England. Hillingdon House served as the group's headquarters. An underground bunker, now known as the Battle of Britain Bunker, was built nearby to handle the control of fighter squadrons, primarily from the 11 Group Operations Room. The base was responsible for controlling the evacuation of Dunkirk in May 1940 (Operation Dynamo) and the D-Day landings during the latter stages of the Second World War (Operation Overlord). The station is also less well known as the location where Prime Minister Winston Churchill first made his comment "Never was so much owed by so many to so few", which he later repeated in a speech to Parliament.

Uxbridge closed on 31 March 2010 as part of a reduction in the number of Ministry of Defence properties in the Greater London area. Many remaining military units...
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