D-Day 70th Anniversary

1940 Operations Room

A reconstruction of the place where RAF Duxford’s fighter aircraft were directed into combat during the Battle of Britain.

The fixtures and fittings of this historic room were removed long ago, but today you can see an accurate reconstruction of the Operations Room. A variety of different sources of evidence, including documents, photographs, film and personal recollections, were used in ensuring the Operations Room looks as it did in 1940.

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Collections in Context

The Supermarine Spitfire
Designed by R J Mitchell, the Supermarine Spitfire is arguably one of the most iconic aircraft in aviation history...


The Hawker Hurricane
The Hurricane saw action on all fronts during the Second World War and played a pivotal role during the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940 alongside its contemporary, the Spitfire...

Historic Duxford

Stephen Woolford, Head of Interpretation and Collections at IWM Duxford, gives an introduction to IWM Duxford's key Battle of Britain sites.