Lord Dowding Commemorative Service
On the 6th of September 2015, Moffat celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, and a commemorative service for Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding, born in Moffat in 1882.
As Air Chief Marshall, Lord Hugh Dowding was responsible for anticipating and preparing for what became The Battle of Britain. In 1936 Lord Dowding was appointed Commander-in-Chief of Fighter Command and immediately started building an air defence capable of preparing Britain for the threat of war with Germany. Through his preparation he developed a workable chain of command, backed the development of radar, replaced outdated biplanes with Hurricanes and Spitfires, allowing the RAF were able to repel the Luftwaffe and prevent a German invasion by sea.
The commemorative service is held annually in Moffat, but being the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain there was a special flyby from a Hurricane and Spitfire. There was a huge turnout for the day, including veterans, current servicemen and members of his family turned out for a commemorative service for Lord Dowding on Sunday.