A Stirring Relic of War: RAF “Scramble” Bells

RAF Pilots with Scramble Bell Perhaps the most iconic item associated with the RAF involvement in the 1940 Battle of Britain are the large bronze Station (or “Scramble”) bells that once adorned British airfields. These impressive bells were used to signal incoming enemy raids to waiting RAF pilots. From the Imperial War Museum to the museums at the old Tangmere and Duxford airfields, the display of these bells often attracts the awe of visitors, and the envy of collectors. Although there is controversy concerning the original purpose of the bells, whether used as alarms for emergencies such as crashes or fires, there is no question that the bells were used to Scramble pilots during the war

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