Key Aero remembers: Lord Dowding

52 years ago, on this day in 1970, Air Chief Marshal (retired), Lord Hugh Caswall Tremenheer Dowding passed away at his home in Tunbridge Wells.

Unlike many great military leaders, at the time, Dowding received little credit for his part in one of the most decisive victories in this nation’s history.

In fact, quite the opposite. So, whilst Nelson is the acclaimed winner of The Battle of Trafalgar, Wellington the celebrated victor of Waterloo and Monty the master tactician who secured victory at El Alamein, Dowding was unceremoniously removed from office mere months after leading Fighter Command to victory in The Battle of Britain.  

Hugh Dowding
Having retired from the RAF in 1942, Dowding was elevated to Baron Dowding of Bentley Priory on 2 June 1943

Born in Moffat, Scotland, Dowding attended the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich, where he trained to become an army officer. It was whilst serving with The Royal Artillery that he was given the nickname ‘Stuffy’.

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