Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding was the head of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, and the main architect of its success.
Photo: Hugh Dowding (right) with King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at Bentley Priory, the Headquarters of Fighter Command, in September 1940. (IWM CH 1233)
Dowding's role in the Battle of Britain
A.J.P. Taylor describes the crucial role that Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding played in the Battle of Britain. He also discusses Dowding's argument with Churchill that led to the former being discarded after the battle was over.
Andrew Marr reveals the origin of a famous Churchill phrase
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Air Chief Marshal Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding, 1st Baron Dowding GCB, GCVO, CMG (24 April 1882 – 15 February 1970) was a British officer in the Royal Air Force. He was the commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, and is generally credited with playing a crucial role in Britain's defence, and hence, the defeat of Hitler's plan to invade Britain.