Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding
Wartime Dowding Signature
Signed by Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding
SEPTEMBER ~ *SIGNATURE OF THE MONTH*
There are some aviation signatures that are very sought after by collectors
from all over the world, from pioneer pilots and designers to aces and astronauts.
Therefore, each calendar month, Spitfire Books is offering an interesting signature for sale
and invites collectors to submit a ‘best offer’ during the month by email or telephone
A wartime paper signed by
Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding, 1st Baron Dowding, GCB, GCVO, CMG
Measuring approx. 10 x 6 cm the paper is clearly signed in blue ink by Lord Dowding. It comes with its original war economy envelope complete with a stamp and postmarked London 13 06 44.
This would be perfect for matting or using as a bookplate in a book such as ‘Leader of the Few’ by Basil Collier because it fits neatly onto the title page and the paper is a close match. A Fine/Fine copy of this book is available from Spitfire Books – please enquire.
Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding, 1st Baron Dowding, GCB, GCVO, CMG (24 April 1882 – 15 February 1970) served as a fighter pilot and then as commanding officer of No. 16 Squadron during the First World War. During the inter-war years he became Air Officer Commanding Fighting Area, Air Defence of Great Britain and then joined the Air Council as Air Member for Supply and Research. He was Commander-in-Chief of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain.
ACM Dowding’s leadership was critical to victory during the Battle of Britain. Dowding was a determined leader, which brought him into conflict with peers and superiors. He strongly argued that Fighter Command’s role was to protect Britain, and he challenged the use of the RAF’s valuable resources to protect France, famously writing to the Air Ministry in May 1940: “If the Home Defence Force is drained away in desperate attempts to remedy the situation in France, defeat in France will involve the final, complete and irremediable defeat of this country.”
During the 1930s in preparation for war, Dowding oversaw two developments which would become vital to victory during the Battle of Britain. He supported the development of fast fighter aircraft – the Spitfire and Hurricane – and provided funding for the first experimental radar (then known as RDF) stations on the coast. At RAF Bentley Priory, ACM Dowding oversaw the development and implementation of the world’s first integrated system of air defence, which became known as ‘The Dowding System’.
A superb wartime Dowding signature for this Battle of Britain month auction.