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Lord Dowding air defence of Great Britain at Bentley Priory

Lord Dowding air defence of Great Britain at Bentley Priory

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Lord Dowding air defence of Great Britain at Bentley Priory

Air Commodore Peter Brothers, chairman of The Battle of Britain Fighter Association, said: “It needs constant emphasis that, although Nelson saved the country, Dowding saved the world. Had he lost, there would have been no toehold in Europe for the Americans to come and help, should they have wished to. This is our home, as the Victory is for the Navy.” The Priory became headquarters of Fighter Command in 1936 and in 1940 Dowding and his staff moved into concrete bunkers in the basement, where they co-ordinated the efforts of the 3,000 pilots who flew in the battle. The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy said on the 70th aniversary of the formation of Fighter Command: "I am delighted to be here tonight with so many of the veterans of The Battle of Britain to remember the pivotal role that Royal Air Force Bentley Priory played as the home of Fighter Command in World War Two. It is from here that Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding led his brave men and women to victory over the Luftwaffe in Britain's darkest hour. "We are also honouring those heroes that Winston Churchill referred to as 'The Few'; some of whom I am delighted to meet in person tonight. Without their outstanding efforts against the odds, Europe and, indeed perhaps the World, would look a very different place today. "This event also emphasises the importance of preserving Royal Air Force Bentley Priory as a lasting reminder of the most remarkable sacrifice and achievement of 'The Few' and the debt of gratitude we owe them all."

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