Most people remember the part the Royal Observer Corps played during the war in plotting/raiders, helping distressed aircraft and reporting the weather.
COMOPT: AIRCRAFT NOISE, THEN "November one...."
COMOPT ENDS: "...two at one, Javelin out."
CUE: "GROUND ZERO INDICATOR"
"... all volunteers? the whole lot, yes. Thank you, Air Commodore."
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Background: Most people remember the part the Royal Observer Corps played during the war in plotting/raiders, helping distressed aircraft and reporting the weather. If war came again, it would have the new responsibility of observing nuclear explosions and fall-out, and the first of the new observation posts, near Farnham in Surrey, was on show today. The watch for low-level air attacks is maintained much as before.
An atomic flash, burning a hole through a pinhole on the "ground zero indicator," would record its own height and direction. And the R.O.C. Commandant, Air Commodore Simpson, took our reporter John Tidmarsh down into the new underground post from which, through remote instruments, observers could monitor the radio-activity in the air in a nuclear attack.