Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding was born in Scotland, in 1882. He was a taciturn old widower, formal, stubborn, and opinionated. "He was impatient not only with fools, but also with people who did not agree with him, whatever the rank" (Korda, 33). These traits, along with his unvarying formality, earned him the nickname "Stuffy" Dowding. Even though he seemed gruff and unsentimental, he truly cared about the welfare of his fighter pilots, often referring to them as "my chicks." (Korda 17). In 1936, Dowding was appointed to the newly created office of Air Chief Marshal, in control of what would eventually become Fighter Command. Dowding's appointment to this office came at a time when Fighter Command consisted mainly of fabric-covered, two gun biplanes, not very different from the fighters used during World ...
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...ften forgotten in light of Winston Churchill's famous speeches and writings about the Battle, Dowding was the man who actually won the Battle of Britain. With his use of radar as a mechanism of defense, his use of fighter planes as a defense, and his unconventionally brilliant tactics, he successfully stayed the German Luftwaffe and protected Britain in a time of great turmoil and desperation.
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