During Battle of Britain Air Show

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The Ops Block


Price does not include entry into the air show.

Be one of the first to explore the new Ops Block at IWM Duxford - extended and upgraded in time for the  80th anniversary Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show . Only Ops Block experience ticket holders will have access on Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 September. 

Introductory talk & viewing experience

WAAF telephone operators in the Sector 'G' Operations Room at RAF Duxford, receiving reports of enemy aircraft plots from Observer Corps posts, September 1940.
© IWM CH 1404

Introductory talk & viewing experience

The newly extended exhibition now allows visitors to go inside all of the rooms that formed a part of the Ops Block. Discover personal stories from the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, Allied pilots and Fighter Command who worked on site during the summer of 1940. Feel what it was like to be inside the Operations Room as you experience an audio-visual recreation of the day the battle reached its climax, 15 September 1940.

As well as being among the first people to view this brand-new exhibition, join one of our IWM expert guides to find out more about the work that has been carried out  to create this new experience in  time for the 80th anniversary Battle of Britain commemorations. 

Your Ops Block entry ticket includes  a 30-minute tour followed by 15 minutes to explore the new exhibition. but you must also have a valid Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show ticket.  Don't forget to add both to your basket before checkout! 

Duxford Air Shows

80th Anniversary Battle of Britain Air Show Weekend

Duxford Air Shows

80th Anniversary Battle of Britain Air Show Weekend

18,19 and 20 September 2020
IWM Duxford
Be part of this special three-day event commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The Friday spectacular Duxford Battle of Britain Proms starts off the Air Show weekend remembering the men, women and aircraft entwined with Summer 1940.   
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Read about the Battle of Britain

Spitfire pilots pose beside the wreckage of a Junkers Ju 87 Stuka, 1940.
© IWM (CH 2064)
Second World War
8 Things You Need To Know About The Battle Of Britain
The Battle of Britain was a major air campaign fought over southern England in the summer and autumn of 1940. Here are 8 things you need to know about one of Britain’s most important victories of the Second World War.
The underground Operations Room at Headquarters Fighter Command, Bentley Priory, Middlesex.
© IWM (C 1870)
Battle of Britain
What Was The 'Dowding System'?
The British had developed an air defence network that gave them a critical advantage during the Battle of Britain. The Dowding System – named for Fighter Command’s Commander-in-Chief Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding – brought together technology, ground defences and fighter aircraft into a unified system of defence.
Pilots of No. 19 and No. 616 Squadrons pose alongside a Spitfire at Duxford. Sitting on wing (left to right) are Brian Lane, George Unwin and Francis Brinsden (with Flash the Alsation and Rangy the Spaniel). Front row (left to right) are Bernard Jennings, Colin McFie, Howard Burton and Philip Leckman.
Squadron Leader Howard ‘Billy’ Burton (front row, second from right) © IWM CH 1400
13 Photos Of Duxford And Fowlmere During The Battle Of Britain
During the Battle of Britain, Duxford and Fowlmere had two main jobs - to protect the Midlands and help the fighters of 11 Group when needed. 11 Group was responsible for the south-east of England, including London, and bore the brunt of the fighting in the summer of 1940. Here are 13 photos that showcase life at Duxford and Fowlmere during the Battle of Britain. 


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