December 1st, 2007

TVD // Caroline sunlight

World War II question

Hello. I'm writing a World War II AU fic and I need some info I can't seem to find anywhere. See, in a part of my fic, an air force base is bombed - or almost, I guess that'll depend on the information.

What defense did an air force base have in the UK during World War II? Were people posted watching the skies, pilots in standby if they needed poeple up in the air soon? What range did their radars have? Would it be possible for bombers to get over the AFB airspace before anyone could do anything about it?

(Incidentally, how does the radio operator identify the different planes up in the air? Codes, numbers, names the plane had been dubbed...)

Thanks for any information/links you might provide.