Q&A with Battle of Britain veteran Group Captain Sir Hugh “Cocky” Dundas

In the second of the RAF Centre for Air Power Studies rarely-seen before historic ‘leadership’ themed videos, Battle of Britain legend Group Captain Sir Hugh ‘Cocky’ Dundas CBE DSO* DFC presents his thoughts on ‘Leadership in War’ followed by an informal question and answer session at an after-dinner speech given circa 1991 at the RAF Staff College, Bracknell.

Group Captain Sir Hugh Dundas joined the Royal Auxiliary Air Force as an acting-pilot officer in 1938 before being called up to active service upon the outbreak of the Second World War. Initially he served on 616 Squadron flying Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Is during the Battle of Britain fighting ‘hard and fiercely’ throughout. He went on to serve as a squadron commander and then subsequently as wing leader and had, by 1944, become one of the youngest Group Captains in the RAF at the age of just 24. In combat against the enemy he is credited with four aircraft destroyed while having shared in the destruction of another six as well as two probables.

He left the RAF in 1947 to pursue a successful career in the media. He has also published an autobiography, Flying Start: A Fighter Pilot’s War Years, describing his wartime experiences in great detail. In 1969 he was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Surrey and in 1989 High Sheriff. Dundas married Enid Rosamond Lawrence in 1950 and together they had a son and two daughters.

Sir Hugh Dundas passed away on July 10th 1995.

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News Round-Up – October 16th 2017

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Here are some of the latest British military news stories making the headlines this past week.


General Defence News

Britons who fight for Islamic State make themselves a ‘legitimate target’, says Michael Fallon
(Sky News)

Ministers try to push through plans for £100m royal yacht as EU talks remain deadlocked
(The Independent)

BAE Systems to axe 1915 jobs in UK
(Airforce Technology)

America’s Most Powerful Fighter Jet Ever Is Headed to Europe
(The National Interest Online)

PM’s former security adviser warns of Brexit defence cuts
(The Guardian)

Prince Harry presents South Central Ambulance Trust with Ministry of Defence award
(Basingstoke Gazette)


British Army News

Ex-British Army soldier made rucksack bomb threat hours after London Bridge terror attacks
(International Business Times UK)

Take foreign aid money to pay UK army for £50m hurricane relief effort, urges ex-army head
(Express)

British Army Chief acknowledges Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism
(Radio Pakistan)

Museum funding crisis puts Rorke’s Drift memories at risk
(The Times)

What Northern Ireland’s past reveals about soldiers with mixed allegiances
(The Conversation UK)

WATCH: British Army Terrier rips up quad bike!
(Forces Network)


Royal Air Force News

British RAF’s Typhoon jets conduct longest sortie in fight against ISIS
(Airforce Technology)

A memorial has been unveiled to a Hurricane fighter pilot who crashed near Sevenoaks
(Kent Live)

Jets flown by RAF Red Arrows will be built overseas unless government steps in, warn 142 MPs 
(Daily Mail)

RAF jets scrambled as ‘aircraft vanishes from radar’ over English Channel
(Daily Star)

Ministry of Defence explains reason behind ‘annoyingly loud’ planes over Hull
(Hull Daily Mail)

RAF military working dog trials 2017
(Forces Network)

Aircraft touch down at RAF Brize Norton after mission to Caribbean
(Oxford Mail)

Exhibition on Czechoslovak RAF pilots opens in Brno
(Prague Daily Monitor)

RAF Benson squadron receives top honour from the Queen for service in Iraq
(Oxford Mail)


Royal Navy & Marines News

The plan to save Plymouth’s naval base and Royal Marines
(Plymouth Herald)

Royal Navy bomb disposal divers save tanker packed with 1000 tons of fuel
(Daily Mail)

Royal Navy shoots missiles down off Scottish coast
(The Scotsman)

UK MoD amends MSDF contract with BAE Systems
(Naval Technology)

Britain’s Royal Navy rushes out HMS Tyne to patrol fishing waters and scare off EU ships
(The Sun)

Hard Questions for the Future of the Royal Navy
(The Maritime Executive)

Council will have links with new Royal Navy boat which is tackling piracy
(Nottingham Post)

Thales to provide communications systems support for British Royal Navy fleet
(Naval Technology)

Farewell to Newport’s Royal Navy ship – HMS Severn
(South Wales Argus)

Army ‘gender general’ upset as Royal Marines fail to attend gay rights event
(The Sun)


Disclaimer: All news stories are the property of their respective publishers. Any opinions expressed in the articles are of the person making them. An effort is made to vary news sources as much as possible to avoid political bias.

Llandudno Home Front Museum

The Llandudno Home Front Museum aims to allow the people of today the chance to experience the sights and sounds of civilian life during the second world war.

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News Round-Up – October 4th 2017

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Here are some of the latest British military news stories making the headlines this past week.


General Defence News

The UK must rebuild its military power, general tells the PM: Former top brass says
(Daily Mail)

EU mission struggling in Libya, internal report says
(EUobserver)


British Army News

British Troops Help Treat Wounded At Mass Shooting In Las Vegas
(Forces Network)

Foxhound armoured vehicles can’t stand the heat, claims army source
(The Times)

Army has new fight on its hands as it battles obesity
(Express)

Armed soldiers in camouflage storm British shopping centre in late night ‘mission’
(Mirror)

Former Gurkha “Drowned In His Own Blood” After NHS Staff Said He Was “Asleep”
(Forces Network)

Wounded Maidstone veteran to climb Mount Everest to raise money for Royal British Legion
(Kent News)

SAS launch mission to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden’s son in Syria before he can copy his father
(Daily Mail)

‘It’s a vendetta’ Hero veteran who fought ISIS investigated by MoD for fraud
(Express)

Demons are winning’: Heartbreaking last letter of traumatised soldier who killed himself
(Mirror)


Royal Air Force News

RAF jets intercept flight after security ‘hoax’
(BBC)

RAF receives final RC-135V/W Rivet Joint
(Shephard Media)

BBMF set to fly to Lancaster crash site in Netherlands
(LincolnshireLive)

Two RAF corporals set to cycle 1600 miles in two weeks to visit football grounds in aid of charities
(Daily Echo)

Qatar Airways A350 in amazing formation flight with Red Arrows
(Gulf Times)

RAF asked Welsh hopeful to pass an English test despite his GCSE
(BBC News)


Royal Navy & Marines News

Sir Michael Fallon defends nuclear deterrent amid heightened North Korea threat
(Yahoo News UK)

Royal Navy submarine commander removed over claim of ‘inappropriate relationship’ with female officer
(Telegraph)

Britain readies for war with biggest navy drill as 35 warships swoop on UK coast
(Daily Star)

North Atlantic Council visits UK strategic nuclear forces
(NATO HQ)


Disclaimer: All news stories are the property of their respective publishers. Any opinions expressed in the articles are of the person making them. An effort is made to vary news sources as much as possible to avoid political bias.

 

Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson’s 259th Birthday

Today marks the 259th birthday of one of Britain’s most famous sailors. Horatio Nelson was born on September 29th 1758 in a rectory in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk. He was the sixth of eleven children of the Reverend Edmund Nelson and his wife Catherine Suckling.

On January 1st 1771, he began his naval career by reporting for duty aboard HMS Raisonnable then under command of his maternal uncle, Captain Maurice Suckling. He joined the ship’s company as an ordinary sailor but was soon appointed a midshipman and began his officer training. Nelson would serve on a number of ships during his career and would participate in several expeditions including an effort to find the fabled Northwest Passage; a route through the Arctic to India. In 1778, Nelson received his first command namely the 12-gun brig HMS Badger.

During his career he saw action in the American War of Independence and in the Wars of the Second and Third Coalitions against post-revolutionary France. It was during this last conflict that Nelson led a British fleet in the battle that would make him a legend – the Battle of Trafalgar.

On October 21st 1805, the now Vice-Admiral Nelson led twenty-seven British ships of the line from his flagship, HMS Victory and defeated thirty-three French and Spanish warships under the French Admiral Villeneuve in the Atlantic Ocean off the southwest coast of Spain, just west of Cape Trafalgar. The Franco-Spanish fleet lost twenty-two ships, without a single British vessel being lost. It was the most decisive naval battle of the war and ended French ambitions to invade England but it would cost Nelson his life when he was shot by an enemy sniper.

Admiral Horatio Nelson nelson's columnIn 1809, Nelson was commemorated with a large granite pillar capped by a statue of his likeness at the top in the centre of Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street) in Dublin, Ireland. In 1843, the similar Nelson’s Column was erected in Trafalgar Square, London and has become an important symbol of the city. In 1966, over 40 years after the Republic of Ireland gained independence from the UK, Irish Republicans bombed the pillar in Dublin which sent the statue at the top crashing to the ground. It was never rebuilt.

Earlier this year, in the wake of a wave of protests in the US against statues to Confederate Generals of the American Civil War, Journalist Afua Hirsch wrote in The Guardian newspaper;

It is figures like Nelson who immediately spring to mind when I hear the latest news of confederate statues being pulled down in the US…The colonial and pro-slavery titans of British history are still memorialised.

Her article called for Nelson’s Column and a number of other statues of British Empire figures to be taken down but she has been met with strong opposition.