Keith Park did not get the recognition that many felt he deserved after the Battle of Britain but this has now been rectified with the unveiling this morning of his statue on forth plinth of Trafalgar Square.
Rather than give you a historical recitation I think it better if those who got to see him in action should have their say. All things considered I thing Bader demonstrated a genersotiy of spirit that was notably lacking in a few others.
Park and 127 other New Zealander fighter pilots served during the Battle of Britain.
He was the only man who could have lost the war in a day or even an afternoon
The awesome responsibility for this country’s survival rested squarely on Keith Park’s shoulders. British military history of this century has been enriched with the names of great fighting men from New Zealand, of all ranks and in every one of our services. Keith Park’s name is carved into history alongside those of his peers.
If any one man won the Battle of Britain, he did. I do not believe it is realised how much that one man, with his leadership, his calm judgment and his skill, did to save, not only this country, but the world.
Lord Tedder, Chief of the Air Staff
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
From Murray at 20:22