It was not Churchill who denied the peerage but the 1945 Labour Cabinet. On 6 January 1946, Churchill wrote to the Prime Minister, Clement Attlee, expressing his sorrow that Harris had been omitted from the Honours List:
No Commander-in-Chief in the Royal Air Force after Dowding bore so heavy and direct burden as he, and none contributed more distinguished qualities to the discharge of his duty . . . When we consider also the immense part played by the bombing offensive in shortening the war and thus bringing it to an end before the enemy long-range weapons developed their full potency, nobody can deny its cardinal importance. It was also a grim and invidious task that was laid upon this Air Marshal and which he discharged with unfailing poise and equanimity, although deeply conscious of its grievousness. I earnestly trust that this omission may be repaired before Marshal of the Royal Air Force Harris leaves this country to make his home in South Africa.
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