“Photograph taken inside the new building which replaced the original hut about 1948/49. At the map, John MacDonald – Watch Supervisor. ATC system as in the earlier hut and still retaining a nail studded display board for flight plans and messages but area R/T at last replacing W/T and morse keys. However still no proper rest facilities, breaks taken as and when, nothing organised but the roof didn’t leak. The information board to the left of the door was the one on which I first pinned the proposal to start a Guild of ATCOs and asking for support. As we know it came readily, the suggested name given to the proposed organisation then in 1951 being retained throughout (quite heart warming). Our liaison with the RAF was though an RAF controller and assistant who would have been positioned further to the left along the gallery.”
Bernard Brown 10/5/2004
(I had a chat and coffee with Bernard today, 14th October 2015. Bernard is 92 years old and great company. He tells me he is the dark haired controller standing in the centre of the photo.)
a list of GATCO founder members can be found here Gatco Founders
This is a photo of the original London Radar Service located in a hut on the NW of the Heathrow Site. We’ve now found two better pictures.
Dating from 1946, the Anglo French airspace and route co-operation agreement as reported by Flight
Malcolm Hemming has found a BBC archive film of the above unit, London ATC radar services
that’s Ron Mahendran, back row, second from right.
visitor is the head of the German Airforce, Oberst F.-W. von Schlichtkrull
Below three photos of the modern extension to Hillingdon House
Malcolm Hemming sent me these photos of the wartime fighter control bunker at Uxbridge