Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Park
Air Chief Marshal Keith Park, the commander of No 11 Group during the Battle of Britain, discusses his role, how the battle panned out over the summer of 1940 and how a lack of trained pilots was a constant concern. Park is openly critical of some of the other commanders and reveals for the first time here his take on the political manoeuvrings that resulted in Commander-in-Chief Hugh Dowding and Park himself being removed from their Fighter Command posts at the end of the battle.
In partnership with the Royal Navy, Sir Keith Park's first operational responsibility as commander of No 11 Group was to improvise plans for the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk in May and June 1940.
Originally broadcast 1 January 1961.