Lord Portal of Hungerford

Lord Portal of Hungerford, London: Address, Lord Portal of Hungerford Reviews: 4/5

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Neighborhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
How to get there
  • Temple • 1 min walk
  • Embankment • 10 min walk
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland15,983 contributions
Rough and ready statute
Aug 2021 • Solo
Commanding statute that sits in the Whitehall Gardens Extension. The statute is not smooth abs looks somewhat ragged. Interesting .
Written August 26, 2021
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Chris
St. Albans, UK4,414 contributions
1st Viscount Portal of Hungerford
Sep 2019
Charles Portal was a Marshall of the Royal Airforce born on 21 May 1893 and died on 22 April 1971.

He was a bomber pilot in WWI and eventually flew light bombers on the Western Front. In WWII, the early stages, he was commander-in-chief of the Bomber Command.

A fine gentleman and war hero.
Written September 9, 2019
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Taxidevil
Glasgow, UK2,982 contributions
WWII Commander
Jul 2019 • Couples
I am not well up in WWII history and had no idea who Lord Portal of Hungerfod was and what he did to merit a statue, but luckily my husband is and was able to tell me that Lord Portal of Hungerford was "basically Bomber Harris' boss" ( I had heard of Bomber Harris)
Lord Portal of Hungerford was Commander-in-Chief of Bomber Command in WWII and subsequently Chief of the Air Staff of the RAF. He and Bomber Harris came up with "area bombing", which although it help win the war, the high civilian casualties would not be tolerated now.
This statue can be found in an area of Victoria Embankment with other Military statues and memorials.
Written July 24, 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
Lord Portal
Jan 2019 • Solo
This statue is a tribute to Marshall of the Royal Air Force Charles Portal, who commanded the bomber off the RAF during the Second World War. He, along with Bomber Harris believed and advocated the use of strategic bombing to bring an end to the war. A strategy that contributed to the end of the war at great human cost. Times have changed as have ideas about aerial warfare doctrine, so I leave it up to the reader to decide strategy from the comfort of their armchairs.

This statue shows Lord Portal, right foot forward, looking up at the sky or perhaps at the RAF monument opposite his statue. A fine tribute to a hero.
Written January 27, 2019
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Andrew
St. Albans, UK6,255 contributions
A controversial statue with an unusual pose
Jul 2018 • Solo
In this year that the RAF celebrates its 100th anniversary a statue with some controversy. Not the best situated statue as always seems to be in the shade, plus is an unusual pose. The statue is situated in Whitehall Gardens.

Air Marshal Lord Portal (1st Viscount Portal of Hungerford) was a distinguished solider and airman from the first world war who end up as chief of staff of the RAF from 1940 to 1945. However, Lord Portal was behind the idea of using a huge bomber force to carry out indiscriminate area bombing by night of all German cities with populations exceeding 100,000 in an effort to damage German war effort and break civilian morale. In March 1945, shortly after the firestorm of Dresden (which claimed up to 25,000 lives), Sir Winston Churchill gave the order to stop such area bombing. Sir Winston Churchill wrote that "the destruction of Dresden remains a serious query against the conduct of Allied Bombing”.
Written July 24, 2018
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,110 contributions
Marshall of the RAF
Apr 2017 • Family
The bronze statue of Marshall of the Royal Air Force, Charles Portal, 1st Viscount Portal of Hungerford is located at Victoria Embankment Gardens/ Whitehall Garden. The statue gazes upwards in the direction of the RAF Memorial. On a plaque on the back of the statue are written "one of the architects of victory of the Second World War."
Written May 29, 2017
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RWandSW
Greater London, UK1,914 contributions
For RAF buffs
Oct 2016 • Couples
Located in Victoria Embankment Gardens/Whitehall Gardens, the statue of Lord Portal of Hungerford is located in the Victoria Embankment Gardens, which is the garden towards Westminster Pier; within the garden itself it is located at the east-end of the garden towards the other garden.

A Marshal of the Royal Air Force, which is the highest rank within the British RAF.
Written October 21, 2016
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