Birth of Radar Memorial.

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Reference WMO/186104


Northampton Road,



NN12 8HR


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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Stone Stone (any)
  • Stone Granite
Lettering: Incised
  • Other
About the memorial: Roadside memorial. Landscape orientated, incised granite plaque attached to a rough hewn stone plinth. Engraving of a Heyford bomber is below the inscription. Lettering & engraving infilled in white. The whole memorial stands in a semi-enclosed fenced area on concrete. In front, is a gravelled area with two bollards. An adjacent complementary notice-board explains how the radar system worked., approx. 1/2 mile west of A5 junction with Northampton Road
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Birth of Radar Memorial. On 26th. February 1935, in the field opposite, Robert Watson Watt and Arnold Wilkins showed for the first time in Britain that aircraft could be detected by bouncing radio off them. By 1939 there were 20 stations tracking aircraft at distances up to more than 100 miles. Later known as radar, this was the invention, more than any other, that saved the RAF from defeat in the 1940 Battle of Britain.

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