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Radar Days


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The beginning of radar in Britain: Orfordness. Bawdsey Manor. The early development of airborne radar: The first Ansons for airborne radar. Air-sea exercise in the North Sea - 4 and 5 September 1937. Sea search and some tales of 'D' Flight: Tales of 'D' Flight. Air-interception trials in Battles and Blenheims: Demonstration of air interception to the Commander-in-Chief of Fighter Command. Demonstration of air interception to Churchill and Professor Lindemann. Air-interception trials in the Blenheim aircraft. The outbreak of war and the move from Bawdsey: Dundee and Perth. The move to St Athan. The task at St Athan. The royal visit. Air to surface vessel radar against ships and submarines: First trials of air to surface vessel radar against a submarine. Battle of the Atlantic. Introduction of air-interception radar into service: Fighter interception unit. Introduction to the Beaufighter and ground control interception radar into night fighting. Centimetre-wave and air-interception radar. The Mosquito in intruder operations. The Mosquito against the V-1. The move from St Athan to Swanage: The transition from metre to centimetre waves: The Tizard mission to the USA and Canada: The Tizard mission in Washington. The resonant magnetron and Bell Laboratory: Formation of the radiation laboratory: Installation of the first airborne radar in the USA. Air to surface vessel mark II. Identification of friend from foe mark II. Air interception radar mark IV. Growth of the radiation laboratory. Project 1 - airborne radar. Project 2 - gun-laying radar - SCR 584. Project 3 long-range navigation (LORAN). Achievements of the Tizard mission in the USA. Postcript: Impact of radar on post-war activities. Appendices. Bibliography.

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