Bletchley Park (Station X) & Cardingtom
Thursday 22nd June 2017 £50.00
Visit the home of Code Breakers during WWII, feel the ambience of the top secret location where the Engima and Fish codes were broken.
We depart Solihull at 08:00am and travel to Bletchley to visit the site of the famous WWII codebreakers.
Bletchley Park (sometimes referred to as Station X) was the central site for British codebreakers during World War II. Run by the Government Code and Cypher School, it regularly penetrated the secret communications of the Axis Powers . The arrival of ‘Captain Ridley's Shooting Party’ at the mansion house in the Buckinghamshire countryside in late August 1938 was to set the scene for one of the most remarkable stories of World War Two. This small group of people who turned up at Bletchley Park were far from relaxed. They were members of MI6, and the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), a secret team of individuals including a number of scholars turned Codebreakers. At the start of the war in September 1939 the codebreakers returned to Bletchley Park to begin their war-winning work in earnest.
The GC&CS mission was to crack the Nazi codes and ciphers. The most famous of the cipher systems to be broken at Bletchley Park was the Enigma. There were also a large number of lower-level German systems to break as well as those of Hitler's allies.
Today this site houses an exceptional museum dedicated to the events during those war years
In the afternoon we will visit Cardington to see the memorial to the perished from the fatal R101 airship crash in France in October 1930. R101 was one of a pair of British rigid airships completed in 1929 as part of a British government programme to develop civil airships capable of service on long-distance routes within the British Empire. When built it was the world's largest flying craft at 731 ft (223 m) in length, and it was not surpassed by another hydrogen-filled rigid airship until the Hindenburg flew seven years later.
After some trial flights, and subsequent modifications to increase lifting capacity which included lengthening the airship by 46 ft (14 m), it crashed on 5 October 1930 in France during its maiden overseas voyage, killing 48 of the 54 people on board. The crash of R101 effectively ended British airship development, and was one of the worst airship accidents of the 1930s. The loss of life was more than the 36 killed in the highly public Hindenburg disaster of 1937. The ‘sheds which housed the R101 are still in existence and we will drive past the two sheds, so that you can see the massive scale of the airships.
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