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.
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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 Through his preparation he developed a workable chain of command, backed the development of radar, replaced outdated biplanes with Hurricanes and Spitfires, allowing the RAF were able to repel the Luftwaffe and prevent a German invasion by sea.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.
Last updated on: Thursday 15th June 2017