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- n. the second most senior rank active in the Royal Air Force, ranking above Air Vice Marshal and below Air Chief Marshal
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Even Sir Frederick, in moments of rare camaraderie, had never gone further than "Tom", but presumably the Air Marshal dated from some unimaginable time when the Brigadier was a pink and scrubbed subaltern.
They were congratulated by Air Marshal Tedder, commander of air forces on a "magnificent show."
Air Marshal Sir Ralph Sorley, then at the Armament Research Establish - ment of the Air Ministry, thought otherwise.
Weary and exhausted as they were, ten Hurricane squadrons were thrown into the de - fense of London while Air Marshal Dowding or - dered out five squadrons from two other groups in support.
On the ground Air Marshal Dowding, maps and reports spread before him, watched the raids de - velop and maneuvered his thin defending lines of Hurricanes to get them to the right spot at the right moment, into the path of the attackers, as well as bring them down for refueling and reload - ing of the guns when petrol and ammunition were exhausted.