18 May 2016
In 1934, German aircraft production had been stepped up and there were concerns how hostile planes could be detected or potentially destroyed as they approached the British Isles.
A committee was duly formed and an idea adopted from Robert Watson-Watt which used radio waves to locate incoming aircraft. The first radar equipment test took place in Daventry in 1935, the same year the Luftwaffe was formed.
By the outbreak of WW2, the United Kingdom had 20 radar stations in place around its coastline, known as Chain Home. Chain Home Low, Ground Control Interception and Chain Home Extra Low came about in the following years.
In the 1950's the ROTOR plan saw the refurbishment of 28 wartime stations which accounted for the new, fast-jet, nuclear threat by repositioning operations underground. The over-ground elements were built to resemble farm buildings or bungalows, as the locality dictated.
Our May speaker, Roy Taylor, completed most of his National Service at nearby RAF Truleigh Hill and was able to describe, with the help of some excellent photos and illustrative charts, the facility and what it was like to serve there.
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