St Clement Danes RAF Statues

On my recent visit to London in 2020 I ended up in “The Strand” and subsequently found St Clement Danes church. The reason for this blogpost ties into my last post about “The Few” and the Battle of Britain.

On the pavement in front of the church are statues to Sir Arthur “Bomber” Harris and Air Chief Marshall Hugh Caswall Tremenheere “Stuffy” Dowding.  The latter was directly involved in the Battle of Britain and I felt that it was worth expanding my images of the statue.

The statue was unveiled by the Queen Mother on 30/10/1988 and was sculpted by Faith Winter and the architect was CA. Hart. 

He was Air Officer Commanding 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 Adolf Hitler’s plan to invade Britain.  Dowding died at his home in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, on 15 February 1970. His body was cremated and its ashes were placed below the Battle of Britain Memorial Window in the Royal Air Force chapel in Westminster Abbey. 

The other statue relevant to the Battle Of Britain is that of  Marshal of the Royal Air Force Hugh Montague Trenchard, (3 February 1873 – 10 February 1956) and it may be found in the Victoria Embankment Gardens. Unfortunately I only took a general pic of the statue at the time. 

It is inscribed:

TRENCHARD
1873-1956

marshall of the royal air force
THE VISCOUNT TRENCHARD
g.c.b. o.m. g.c.v.o. d.s.o.

chief of the air staff 1918. 1919-1929
royal scots fusiliers.         1893-1919
west african frontier force         1903-1910
royal flying corps         1912-1918
royal air force         1918-1956
commissioner of the police
        of the metropolis         1931-1935

The statue was unveiled on 19 July 1961 by Harold Macmillan and sculpted by William McMillan.

Hugh Trenchard was instrumental in establishing the Royal Air Force and has been described as the “Father of the Royal Air Force.” During the second World War he continued to exert considerable influence over the RAF and he quietly but successfully lobbied for the removal of Cyril Louis Norton Newall as Chief of the Air Staff and Hugh Dowding as the Command-in-Chief of Fighter Command. Dowding was succeeded by Sholto Douglas, a  Trenchard protégé.  He in London on 10 February 1956 and was cremated and his ashes were entombed at the Battle of Britain Chapel in Westminster Abbey. 

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