Charles Portal, 1st Viscount Portal of Hungerford
Marshal of the Royal Air Force Charles Frederick Algernon Portal, 1st Viscount Portal of Hungerford, KG, GCB, OM, DSO, MC, DL (21 May 1893 – 22 April 1971) was a senior Royal Air Force officer. He served as a bomber pilot in World War I, and rose to become first a flight commander and then a squadron commander, flying light bombers on the Western Front. In the early stages of World War II, he was commander-in-chief of Bomber Command. In October 1940 he was made Chief of the Air Staff, and remained in this post for the rest of the war.
- All three [directing officers] were new in their appointments that year . Of them all, Portal was obviously the clearest thinker and speaker although I cannot remember him exercising any distinct "Air" influence on either his colleagues or on the students.
- page 121 of 1977 book "Portal of Hungerford: the life of Marshal of the Royal Air Force, Viscount Portal of Hungerford, KG, GCB, OM, DSO, MC" by Denis Richards. Original writer unclear.
- I cannot remember that he ever did anything that helped us.
- Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Charles Portal pointed out next day that the aim of bombing had not been "to terrorise the civilian population", and he redrafted the memorandum at Churchill's invitation, removing references to "terror".
- 1 November 2008 Telegraph article by Christopher Howse
- Chief of the Air Staff Charles Portal had calculated that bombing civilians could kill 900,000 in 18 months, seriously injure a million more, destroy six million homes, and “de-house” 25 million, creating a humanitarian crisis that, he believed, would speed up the war.
- 13 February 2015 Telegraph article by Dominic Selwood.