Title: Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding fonds. -- 1945. -- 0.1 cm of textual material

Biographical Sketch: Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding, 1st Baron, was born on April 24, 1882 in Moffat, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. Dowding was a squadron commander in the Royal Flying Corps in World War I. After serving in command, staff, and training positions in Britain and Asia, he became chief of the newly created Fighter Command in 1936. He promoted the Spitfire and Hurricane fighters that contributed significantly to the defeat of the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain. Dowding was British air chief marshal and head of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain (1940) in World War II. He was largely responsible for defeating the German Air Force in its attempt to gain control of British skies in preparation for a German invasion of England. Dowding retired in November 1942 and was created baron the following year. Hugh Dowding died on February 15, 1970 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.

Source: Britannica (1997).

Scope and Content: This fonds includes a letter to Lord Beaverbrook from Hugh Dowding regarding Lord Beaverbrook's contribution to the war-effort as Minister of Aircraft Production, London, June 6, 1945.


Title: Title based on name of creator.

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