Story: Second World War

Unveiling the Sir Keith Park statue, September 2010

On the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, this statue was unveiled in Waterloo Place, London, of Sir Keith Park. Born and educated in New Zealand, Park is credited with playing a crucial role in the battle. During the First World War he served at Gallipoli and then in the Royal Flying Corps. He made a career in the Royal Air Force and in 1940 became commander of the No. 11 group, which had the responsibility for the defence of London and south-east England. Later in the war he had leadership positions in Malta, the Middle East and South-East Asia. After the war Park returned to Auckland and became a city councillor.

A second bronze statue of Sir Keith was unveiled in his birthplace of Thames, in the Coromandel, on 27 April 2019.

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Ian McGibbon, 'Second World War - A more intense effort, 1940', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/34563/unveiling-the-sir-keith-park-statue-september-2010 (accessed 23 September 2020)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 10 May 2016