Air Marshal Sir Keith Park (Kindle)
Victor of the Battle of Britain, Defender of Malta
The Battle of Britain from July to September 1940 is one of the finest moments in our Nation’s history. While credit rightly goes to ‘The Few’, victory could never have happened without the inspirational command and leadership of New Zealander Keith Park.
He and Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding ensured that Fighter Command was prepared for the Nazi onslaught. Promoted to Air Vice Marshal, Park took over No 11 Group, responsible for the defence of London and South East England in April 1940. A shrewd tactician and hands-on commander, Park carefully husbanded his limited resources and famously wore down Goering’s Luftwaffe, thus forcing Hitler to abandon his invasion plans.
Shamefully Dowding and Park were dismissed from their commands in the aftermath of victory due to internal RAF politics. Fortunately, Park’s career was far from over and his management of the defence of Malta made significant contribution to victory in the Mediterranean.
This balanced and well overdue account hopefully ensures that Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Park receives the credit for victory that he so richly deserves.
Featured inBattlefield, Spring 2021 Issue
As featured inMarch/April issue of London Calling, the journal of the London at War Study Group
Article: Park and pride, the RAF hero treated so shabbily by Air Council, words by Tracey AllenRAF News, 26th March 2021
Click here to listen to interview with author Murray RowlandsSurrey Hills Community Radio, 12th February 2021
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Author article featured byThird Age Matters, September 2020