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Great Britain
London
London

Greater London

Strand (WC2)
(St Clement Danes)

Hugh Dowding

Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding, 1st Baron Dowding
Moffat, Scotland 1882 - Royal Tunbridge Wells, England 1970
Air Chief Marshal
(Wikipedia)
Faith Winter
1988

London /  Hugh Dowding   London /  Hugh Dowding

Description

Bronze statue.

Inscription(s)

AIR CHIEF MARSHAL
LORD DOWDING
g.c.b..g.c.v.o..c.m.g..r.a.f.
baron of bentley priory
in
the county of middlesex
commander-in-chief
fighter command
royal air force
1936-1940

commander in chief
bomber command
royal air force
1942-1945

{On identical bronze plaques on either side of the pedestal:}

air chief marshal lord dowding was
commander-in-chief of fighter command,
royal air force, from its formation in
1936 until november 1940. he was thus
responsible for the preparation for and
the conduct of the battle of britain.

with remarkable foresight, he ensured
the equipment of his command with
monoplane fighters, the hurricane and
the spitfire. he was among the first
to appreciate the vital importance of
r.d.f. (radar) and of an effective command
and control system for his squadrons.
they were ready when war came.

in the preliminary stages of that war, he
thoroughly trained his minimal forces
and conserved them against strong
political pressures to disperse and misuse
them. his wise and prudent judgement
and leadership helped to ensure victory
against overwhelming odds and thus
prevented the loss of the battle of
britain and probably the whole war.

to him the people of britain and of the
free world owe largely the way of life
and the liberties they enjoy today.

this statue was unveiled by
h m queen elizabeth the queen mother
30th october 1988

Signature

FAITH WINTER Sculptor
C.A. HART Architect

burleighfield

Sculptor

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Location (N 51°30'46" - W 0°6'51")

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