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Dowding Dowding

Statue: Dowding

Erection date: 31/10/1988

Inscription

{Carved into the front of the stone pedestal:}
Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding, GCB, GCVO, CMG, RAF, Baron of Bentley Priory in the county of Middlesex, Commander-in-Chief Fighter Command Royal Air Force, 1936 - 1940.

{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.R. (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.

{On a small bronze plaque attached to the back of the pedestal:}
This statue was unveiled by H M the Queen Mother 30 October 1988.

{Carved in the stone low down at the back:}
{Low down, carved in the pedestal:}
Faith Winter -sculptor
CA Hart - architect

Unveiled by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother on 31 October 1988, as a Spitfire flew over.

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Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding

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Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

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C. A. Hart

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Faith Winter

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