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 defense 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 defense 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.
"Rowlands highlights some of the major engagements while emphasizing the logistical and leadership challenges Park confronted." ~Air Power History
"... a slim biography that includes an account of the bitter controversies over tactics during the Battle of Britain that led to Park’s temporary banishment in 1941-42." ~A Blog on Winston Churchill