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Updated: 3 Mar 08

Digby Ops Room Museum

The "L" Sector Operations Room at RAF Digby has been restored to its Oct 1939 WWII state as the Sector Airfield Ops Room within 12 Group Fighter Command.

Website: Digby Ops Room Museum

Open: Sundays from May - Sep, 1100

Admission: Free

Tel.: 01526 327504/327592 / 01528 414294

History of the Reconstruction Project

The unofficial opening, with 17 of the wartime operations room crew members, took place on Thursday 29 May 1997 and was an emotional evening, sparking many memories among the wartime crew including former RAF plotters, signallers, teleprinter ops, wireles ops, RDF tellers and fighter controllers. These included Peggy Balfour, the first WAAF Plotter, and Charles Mayhew.

One of those wartime signallers, a 19 year old Charles Mayhew was on duty on 3 Sep 1939 and booked in the signal at 1115 hrs which sent Royal Air Force Digby to war. The war declaration signal was given, by Charles, to the Fighter Controller, who read it out to those on duty and then returned the signal to the Traffic room and kept it. He returned this unique, original signal to the Sector Ops Room Museum on 29 May 1997, where it is on display.

The formal opening was conducted the following evening, on 30 May, with principal guests Air Chief Marshall Sir John Allison AOC-in-C Logistics Command, 2 further Air Vice Marshalls, 4 Group Captains, 4 Wing Commanders, 2 Mayors and several wartime fighter/bomber airmen and local civic dignitaries. The evening was sealed with a magnificent aerial display by a BBMF Spitfire IXX which ended its thunderous sortie with a victory roll through clear blue skies.

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Digby - A History
" A history 1917 - 1978"
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A cadet remembers
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Dec 1963 - 1978
Curent Day

1955 - the Signals Era


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