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RAF Watnall
Country United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Service history
Active 1940-61
Part of No. 12 Group RAF
Commanders Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory
RAF Fighter Command Group 12 Watnall Bunker (4)

Entrance to Ops Bunker today

RAF Watnall was the Operational Headquarters of No. 12 Group, Fighter Command utilizing the early radar based 'Chain Home' system.


It opened in 1940 and closed in 1961.

The land adjacent to the filter block is now the Nottingham Weather Centre. The original filter block was sold by auction in 2008 and was the subject of a narcotics raid and since has now been resold with planning permission to develop and is now undergoing reconstruction as a bed & breakfast hotel

RAF units and aircraftEdit

Unit Dates Notes
No. 12 Group 1940-1946 Part of Fighter Command[1]
No. 81 (Training) Group 1952-1952 Controlled Fighter Command training units[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sturtivant 2007, p. 152
  • Sturtivant, Ray (2007). RAF Flying Training and Support Units since 1912. Air-Britain. ISBN 0-85130-365-X. 

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 53°00′36″N 1°15′36″W / 53.01°N 1.26°W / 53.01; -1.26

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