It's about learning from history, and choosing what we want to celebrate. Sir Arthur Travers Harris, 1st Baronet, GCB, OBE, AFC, Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Arthur Travers Harris, 1st Baronet, GCB, OBE, AFC born 13 April 1892, died 5 April 1984 was commonly known as Bomber Harris by the press and as Butcher Harris, within the RAF. Memorials to monarchs such as King Charles II and King James II make appearances on the list, as well as Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell. This policy was endorsed by Churchill and formally adopted in early 1942 as Sir Arthur took the helm of The Bomber Command. 'These marches & protests have been subverted by violence and breach current guidelines. The air force was used to crush a series of uprisings in Mesopotamia - modern day Iraq - by bombing villages held by rebel tribes. The activists behind Topple the Racists have said they were inspired by the 'direct action taken by Bristolians', referring to the tearing down of slave trader Edward Colston's statue on two weeks ago, before it was thrown into the harbour. The bombers only flew at night to reduce the danger of being shot down, but with primitive navigation equipment, this made it difficult to identify and hit a small target. Some 30 years after the war, Sir Arthur told an interview he stood by the attack on Dresden, saying: 'If I had to have the same time again I would do the same again, but I hope I wouldn't have to. In July 1943, the Commander-in-Chief oversaw the Battle of Hamburg, codenamed Operation Gomorrah, which was a series of air raids which lasted for eight days and seven nights. The WWII commander was not on the original list of 78 statues listed on the Topple the Racists website over their links to 'colonial violence', but has now been added alongside figures ranging from King Charles II and Oliver Cromwell to Robert Peel, founder of the Metropolitan Police. The statue is of a nice design, with Bomber Harris standing at ease and looking not tough but proper. ', Sir Arthur Harris was Commander-in-Chief of RAF Bombing Command during the Second World War. Some regard him as controversial due to the area bombing strategy implemented in 1942. Saturday's BLM demonstration attracted a fierce counter-protest from groups claiming to be defending statues - which included supporters of the far-right. See also Ben Macintyre's review of Richard Overy, The Bombers and the Bombed: Allied Air War Over Europe, 1940–1945 (2014), in The New York Times Book Review, March 23, 2014, p. 16. The 1920s British air bombing campaign in Iraq - BBC News. Marshall of the Royal Air Force Sir Arthur Travers Harris, 1st Baronet is commonly known as Bomber Harris. What a perverse idea to build a memorial for a massmurderer. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Today the NHS Trust admitted it would consider its removal in a review set up by Sadiq Khan demands it because he made his money from slavery. Really just a gentleman standing dignified. In the 1920s, Sir Arthur was a Squadron Leader in the newly formed RAF. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. By Luke May and Rory Tingle For Mailonline, Published: 21:05 EST, 15 June 2020 | Updated: 04:09 EST, 16 June 2020. This tribute to Sir Thomas Picton in Cardiff City Hall is expected to fall after the council's leader also demanded its removal. The 130 Labour councils won the blessing of Sir Keir Starmer's central party, but senior Tories have lined up to admonish the behaviour. Harris was given the task of implementing Churchill's policy and supported the development of tactics and technology to perform the task more effectively. 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Among the 'area bombings' that Sir Arthur authorised in Nazi Germany was the firebombing of Dresden in February 1945, which led to the deaths of around 25,000 people. He joined the Royal Flying Corps and in 1918, when it was created, he joined the RAF. There are at least five statues of two-time British prime minister Sir Robert Peel (right in Parliament Square) also under threat because his MP father, also called Robert Peel, campaigned for slavery to continue, Following the recent toppling of statues including Edward Colston in Bristol, and the defacing of Winston Churchill's statue in Parliament Square, English Heritage is understood to be speaking with Met Police about the safety of its monument to Sir Arthur in The Strand, London. 1942 to 1945. Worth seeing if you’re in this area off London. Following the protests, Boris Johnson: 'Racist thuggery has no place on our streets. ', A senior RAF source told The Daily Telegraph: 'There is no situation where vandalising a monument of someone who fought for and delivered our freedom could ever be justified.'. This led to groups of people claiming to be defending statues, which included football hooligans and Far Right activists, counter-protesting a BLM rally in London on Saturday. The addition of Sir Arthur Harris to the list of targets is likely to provoke further debate. Hotels near London Docklands Visitor Centre, Bar, Club & Pub Tours in Trafalgar Square / Embankment, Boat Tours & Water Sports in Trafalgar Square / Embankment, Literary, Art & Music Tours in Covent Garden, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks in London, Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing in London, Conference & Convention Centers in London, V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum: Tickets & Tours. 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