Unique film highlights the importance of the Dowding System

Discover how important our wartime command and control system was to the RAF’s success in the Battle of Britain at a special film screening this weekend.

The Dowding System is the next of our Spring Talks Series, planned for this Sunday, 23 April, in The Wing at the Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne. Places are limited but some tickets are still available.

This fascinating recent film, produced by The Association of RAF Fighter Control Officers, explains how the original system of air command and control played a major role in the nation’s victory in 1940.

The Dowding System, the first air command and control system of its kind, made a decisive contribution to victory in the air during the Battle of Britain and throughout World War Two.

The airmen and airwomen who operated the system played a crucial role in delivering victory and were a vital part of Fighter Command’s capability.

The film uses interviews with veterans and other material to explain The Dowding System, reveal how Dowding’s foresight gave Britain an additional resource and highlight how the system developed as the war progressed.

The film, produced with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund, will be screened at 2pm on Sunday 23 April. Click here for further information.

As well as being open to the public, the talks are free for Hurricane level members of Friends of the Few and cheaper for Spitfire level Members. This is just one of many benefits of joining the Friends; click here to sign up or find out more.

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