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Sunday 10th November, BBC 1 between 1125-1135hours - TV Coverage of Interest to Our Members
07.11.2013 at 12:16:07
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Mrs Eileen Younghusband, aged 92, a former Women’s Auxiliary Air Force ‘Dowding System’ Filterer Officer has been interviewed for the BBC’s Cenotaph coverage on Sunday.   Eileen worked in the Filter Centre at Fighter Command Headquarters, Bentley Priory during World War II and is now an Honorary Member of the Association of Royal Air Force Fighter Control Officers.  Eileen’s interview is expected to be broadcast on Sunday 10th November on BBC 1 between 1125-1135hours and to be followed by an interview with a modern-day female Aerospace Battle Manager currently serving in Afghanistan.

The Dowding System was a system of air defence which included innovations such as Radio Direction Finding (later known as radar) and the creation of the Chain Home radar network. This new technology was the key that made possible the effective control of weapons and especially the fighters.  The system that Dowding created and which was to bear his name had two distinct tasks: first to build a picture of what was happening in the air from which commanders could make tactical and operational decisions; and secondly to control the weapons of which the most challenging task was the effective control of the Spitfires and Hurricanes. The Dowding System covered the whole country and brought together the radar system, ground observers, anti-aircraft artillery, command centres and the process for locating, directing and controlling fighter aircraft; all these disparate components were tied together through a  telephone network installed and maintained by the then General Post Office.  The undisputed key to the system was the Filter Centre, where radar reports were analysed, corrected, identified and passed to commanders to enable them to control and manage the air battles. The invention of radar in 1935 and the improvements to, and wider deployment of, radio telephony were the catalyst for the creation of what became the Fighter Control specialisation, now known in today’s Royal Air Force as Aerospace Battle Management.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2013/46/cenotaph-remembrance-week.html
  
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Reply #1 - 07.11.2013 at 14:42:17
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RAF Boulmer has let me know that the modern-day Aerospace Battle Manager featured in the BBC coverage will be Plt Off Emily Don who is from Boulmer but has recently returned from Afghanistan.
  
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Reply #2 - 08.11.2013 at 08:32:01
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Hi Nicky

Many thanks for letting us all know. I'll be at Bruntingthorpe on Sunday but will pick it up on iPlayer.

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