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Air Chief Marshal Lord Hugh Dowding

Air Chief Marshal Lord Hugh Dowding

Hugh Dowding and Douglas Bader, circa 1940

[Photo] Hugh Dowding and Douglas Bader, circa 1940

BBC - History - Hugh Dowding (pictures, video, facts & news)

BBC - History - Hugh Dowding (pictures, video, facts & news)

Stricken with terror during his first patrol over Dunkirk on 28 May 1940, P/O Hugh SL "Cocky" Dundas of No 616 Squadron RAF was relieved to have hit a black-crossed aircraft on the morning of 3 July. Operating with Blue Section of B Flight from RAF Leconfield, the 19-year-old Yorkshireman claimed Do 17Z-1 5K+GL of 1/KG3 out to sea 10m east of Withernsea with F/O George E Moberley and F/Sgt Fred P Burnhard.

Stricken with terror during his first patrol over Dunkirk on 28 May P/O Hugh SL "Cocky" Dundas of No 616 Squadron RAF was relieved to have hit a .

Hugh Dowding

Revealed: the bizarre life of the RAF's Battle of Britain supremo

He believed he could speak to the dead and had been a Mongol chief in a previous life. But, as a new book reveals, it was Hugh Dowding's bizarre thinking which led to the RAF to victory in the Battle of Britain

Sgt Raymond T "Ray" Holmes of No 504 Squadron RAF sits in the cockpit of Hurricane Mk I TM-B at RAF Hendon before ramming a Do 17 over London on 15 September 1940 to prevent it from dropping bombs on Buckingham Palace. His action sliced off the tailplane of the bomber, which plunged into the forecourt of Victoria Station. Forced to bail out over Chelsea, the 26-year-old pilot ended up with the parachute lines suspending him over an open dustbin in a back garden.

Sgt Raymond T "Ray" Holmes of No 504 Squadron RAF sits in the cockpit of Hurricane Mk I TM-B at RAF Hendon before ramming a Do 17 over London on 15 September 1940 to prevent it from dropping bombs on Buckingham Palace. His action sliced off the tailplane of the bomber, which plunged into the forecourt of Victoria Station. Forced to bail out over Chelsea, the 26-year-old pilot ended up with the parachute lines suspending him over an open dustbin in a back garden.

"The Adventures of Ellery Queen"Starring Santos Ortega as Inspector Queen,Hugh Marlowe as Ellery and Marian Shockley as Nikki

"The Adventures of Ellery Queen"Starring Santos Ortega as Inspector Queen,Hugh Marlowe as Ellery and Marian Shockley as Nikki

Aged 28, F/O Hugh J "Huseph" Riddle flew with No 601 Squadron RAF in 1940. Earlier the year, the older brother of F/O Christopher JH "Jack" Riddle, who served in the same unit, saw action with A flight in France. On 19 May, operating from RAF Tangmere, he claimed a He 111 destroyed near Arras when he was shot down by enemy fighters, his Hurricane Mk I force-landing near Amiens. Reported Missing, he used a recalcitrant horse to reach Paris and rejoined the squadron 2 days later.

Aged 28, F/O Hugh J "Huseph" Riddle flew with No 601 Squadron RAF in 1940. Earlier the year, the older brother of F/O Christopher JH "Jack" Riddle, who served in the same unit, saw action with A flight in France. On 19 May, operating from RAF Tangmere, he claimed a He 111 destroyed near Arras when he was shot down by enemy fighters, his Hurricane Mk I force-landing near Amiens. Reported Missing, he used a recalcitrant horse to reach Paris and rejoined the squadron 2 days later.

Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding was the Air Officer Commanding RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. Fighter Command pilots came to characterize Dowding as one who cared for his men and had their best interests at heart. Because of his brilliant detailed preparation of Britain's air defenses for the German assault, and his prudent management of his resources during the battle, Dowding is generally given the credit for Britain's victory in the Battle of Britain.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, Commander in Chief of Royal Air Force Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain., Ministry of Information official photographer

In the closing entries for 1940 in his logbook, acting S/L Douglas RS "Dougie" Bader records the DFC approved by acting AM William S Douglas for himself and F/O Hugh ND Tamblyn on 12 December, noting that under his command No 242 Squadron RAF has destroyed 67 enemy aircraft for the loss of 5 pilots in combat and 1 in an accident. The 30-year-old CO campaigned for an aggressive policy of assembling large formations of defensive fighters north of London to pound on the enemy to the south.

In the closing entries for 1940 in his logbook, acting S/L Douglas RS "Dougie" Bader records the DFC approved by acting AM William S Douglas for himself and F/O Hugh ND Tamblyn on 12 December, noting that under his command No 242 Squadron RAF has destroyed 67 enemy aircraft for the loss of 5 pilots in combat and 1 in an accident. The 30-year-old CO campaigned for an aggressive policy of assembling large formations of defensive fighters north of London to pound on the enemy to the south.

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