Lord Tedder GCB, Marshal of the Royal Air Force, 1947
The Sir Keith Park Memorial Campaign
Despite the efforts of the Sir Keith Park Memorial Campaign, a surprising number of people have never even heard of this heroic New Zealander. But he played as important a role as the great Admiral Lord Nelson, who dominates Trafalgar Square, in securing the freedom that we enjoy today. As Hitler's army gathered in the Channel ports in 1940 in preparation for his planned invasion of Britain, the Luftwaffe was fighting a battle for control of the skies over southern England. Hitler needed to achieve air supremacy for the invasion to go ahead and the only thing preventing him was the stubborn Royal Air Force.
Sir Keith was the unsung hero of the Battle of Britain. Commanding 11 Group Fighter Command, he was responsible for the defence of London and south-east England and his squadrons bore the brunt of the fighting. His role in the battle led the then Marshal of the RAF, Lord Tedder, to say after the war: "If ever any one man won the Battle of Britain, he did. I don't believe it is recognised how much this one man, with his leadership, his calm judgment and his skill, did to save not only this country, but the world."
The heroism of Battle of Britain commander Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Park has gone unsung for too long. Support the Sir Keith Park Memorial Campaign today!