View Full Version : Keith Park

02-28-2006, 03:25 PM
I am trying to find my information on the campaigns this guy was involved in.
I've just finished 'The Most Dangerous Enemy' about the BOB (I highly recommend it). It mentions Keith Park's involvement in subsequent campaigns including Malta and Burma. I'm trying to find more detail about these battles but keep finding only very brief references to them.
It seems all the attention is given to his leadership during his time at 11 Group in England during the BOB.
He seems to have been an incredible bloke but amazingly little is known about him beyond those with an interest in WW2 air battles. This seems at odds with a character that obviously had charisma (those who knew him or were commanded by him seem to have universally acclaimed his abilities) and was well respected by his opponents.

02-28-2006, 07:17 PM

02-28-2006, 08:45 PM
jensenpark- thanks for that. I had already viewed that page- it's a little light on detail on things such as the Malta campaign, but it gives a great overview of a fascinating life.
I cant get over the fact this guy had such an extraordinary career yet he seems to have remained practically anonymous.
I may have to just get his biography but i have no idea if it's going to cover the areas i really want to discover.

02-28-2006, 09:51 PM
I wonder if it had something to do with the fact he lost the 'battle' so to speak politically with Leigh-Mallory?

I understand he was pretty much ostracized after that...

03-01-2006, 03:08 AM
If roles were reversed, Leigh-Mallory would have lost the war for Britain.

03-01-2006, 06:27 AM
Both Park and Dowding got little or no credit after BoB had been won with Dowding being removed from his post a few months after.In the special booklet about BoB brought out around the time both are hardly mentioned if at all and the government refused to pay for a statue of Dowding in 1989. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

Leigh-Mallory's "Big Wing" theory was fatally flawed and this was further proved by the operations over France in 1941.There is not a hope such a strategy could have saved Britain in 1940.


03-01-2006, 11:18 AM
The guy who wrote "A Most Dangerous Enemy" credits Park with securing Malta's air-defences and there by saving the island in his book on El Alamein. He's no fan of Leigh Mallory and his big wings that's for sure. The author's name escapes me and gravity is "on" so I can't get up and go find it.

03-01-2006, 11:27 AM
Stephen Bungay ?

03-01-2006, 11:28 AM
That's him. Thanks LF.

03-01-2006, 04:31 PM
Ploughman- have you read Stephen Bungay's account of El Alamain?
I wanted more specific information re Park's conduct of the airwar for Malta. If this information is in 'Alamain' i will have to move it up my list of books to read.
'The Most Dangerous Enemy' talks about the fact that Kesselring was confronted twice by Park and beaten both times- once in the BOB and later in the fight for Malta. It only makes passing reference to what occured over Malta hence my desire to get more detail.

03-01-2006, 05:20 PM
You should try to give a look to this:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/094881716X/sr=8-3/qid=...918?%5Fencoding=UTF8 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/094881716X/sr=8-3/qid=1141258753/ref=sr_1_3/104-0705397-0259918?%5Fencoding=UTF8)