Hugh Montague Trenchard

Hugh Trenchard, the father of the RAF and the fledgling service’s first Marshal, was a long-serving but reserved and divisive figure. Historian Peter Hart, however, asks if the frequent assessment of him as one of the metaphoric ‘donkeys’ of the Great War might be a fair calculation.

The Father of the RAF


Marshal of the Royal Air Force

Hugh Trenchard, RFC, as painted
William Orpen.

ugh Trenchard

has aroused much

controversy over

the aggressive tactics

he pursued during his period

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