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Scramble Bell

 

A common sound at fighter airfields in England in 1940 was the ringing of the ‘scramble’ bell. This was rung when incoming Luftwaffe (German Air Force) raids were identified by ground-based radar stations. The pilots then ran to their aircraft and got airborne as quickly as possible to attack the approaching fighters and bombers.

 

Cosford Royal Air Force Museum

Shropshire, UK

 

Scramble Bell

 

A common sound at fighter airfields in England in 1940 was the ringing of the ‘scramble’ bell. This was rung when incoming Luftwaffe (German Air Force) raids were identified by ground-based radar stations. The pilots then ran to their aircraft and got airborne as quickly as possible to attack the approaching fighters and bombers.

 

Cosford Royal Air Force Museum

Shropshire, UK

 

comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Jul 2014, 00:59
Cripes! I always thought they used a hand-turned siren, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: No no... that's just for fires...
living history...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: An incredible reminder
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Jul 2014, 06:28
Just think of all the drama it'seen..
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I really can't imagine
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 24 Jul 2014, 07:08
Yes, horrible times - I have been in Coventry again and saw the still visible destructions - I also recall the sounds I heard as little child (1945) when the fighters and bombers came in ...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: That must have been so very frightening, Philine. I just can't imagine.
This gives me the shivers Elizabeth! Fine capture.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I understand, Richard! Thank you!
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 24 Jul 2014, 08:52
I must have missed this Elizabeth, thank you for showing it.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Seems most people did. I'm glad I found it. You're welcome!
I have been to Cosford several times and not seen this E. It is a poignant reminder of those dark days
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It was in the corner- over by the mustangs. If you go back, I'd like to know more about this specific bell- I don't recall there being any.
ncie crop
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Chantal!
Looks as though they used it for target practice!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Doesn't it? I wish I could find info on this specific bell
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Jul 2014, 14:11
It certainly looks like it has been through he wars
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It does... I tried, and failed, to find any info on this specific bell. There wasn't any at Cosford that I found.
A very important reminder of our history. Lets hope we don't ever have to go through that again.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I will second that...
How come that you noticed this and a lot of us others didn't.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I don't know! I suppose walking around with my macro lens caused me to look at smaller things
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 24 Jul 2014, 20:35
I missed this. Nicely taken, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It seems most people did... it was hidden in a corner. Thank you Lisl!
Well spotted I never saw this
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Martin! It was hidden in a corner.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Jul 2014, 22:09
Nice poignant detail.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Mike!
  • Robbyne
  • United States
  • 25 Jul 2014, 01:48
A fine bell for ringing
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It is very pretty I think!

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