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PUBLISHED: 14:54 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 11:47 12 August 2010

Bromley
29-04-08
Biggin Hill Airport
Sir Keith Park statue campaign
Battle of Britain fly-in
Hurricane & Messerschmitt with l/r, Air Chief Marshal Cliff Spink who flew in the Messchershmidt, Battle of Britain pilot Wing Commander Bob Foster, Terry Smith who started the Keith Park campaign, Battle of Britain pilot Flt Lft Owen Burns, Squadron Leader Al Pinner who flew in the Hurricane.

Bromley 29-04-08 Biggin Hill Airport Sir Keith Park statue campaign Battle of Britain fly-in Hurricane & Messerschmitt with l/r, Air Chief Marshal Cliff Spink who flew in the Messchershmidt, Battle of Britain pilot Wing Commander Bob Foster, Terry Smith who started the Keith Park campaign, Battle of Britain pilot Flt Lft Owen Burns, Squadron Leader Al Pinner who flew in the Hurricane.

A BATTLE of Britain aircraft flew in to an airport as part of a campaign to erect a memorial to a WWII pilot in Trafalgar Square.

A BATTLE of Britain aircraft flew in to an airport as part of a campaign to erect a memorial to a WWII pilot in Trafalgar Square.

A Hurricane made a dramatic fly-in to Biggin Hill Airport last Tuesday followed by a Replica Messerschmitt 109 to highlight the campaign to erect a statue honouring Battle of Britain pilot Sir Keith Park on Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth.

Two Battle of Britain pilots, Owen Burns and Bob Foster, attended the event alongside campaign leader Terry Smith.

Mr Smith said: "It was the inspirational leadership and tactical prowess of Sir Keith Park which ensured their victory, yet the only tribute to Sir Keith in the UK is a road named after him near Biggin Hill Airport, and one at Uxbridge where he was based during the Battle of Britain.

"This is woefully inadequate for a man who was central to the UK's survival in 1940.

"This event will spur on the campaign as we seek a fitting tribute at the heart of the capital he defended." Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Rodney Park was the RAF Air Vice-Marshal commanding 11 Group Fighter Command, responsible for the aerial defence of London and South East England during the Battle of Britain.

His inspirational leadership and tactical brilliance was central to Britain winning the battle, which in turn helped determine the outcome of the entire Second World War.

Since its launch in March, the Sir Keith Park Memorial Campaign has attracted support from veteran Wing Commander Tom Neil, who flew during the Battle of Britain and shot down 18 enemy aircraft.

Other supporters include Sir Keith's great-great niece Leigh Park, politicians Tony Benn, Lord Tebbit, Boris Johnson and Brian Paddick, as well as celebrities Sir Patrick Moore, Edward Fox and Dan Snow.

To show your support to the campaign, go to www.sirkeithpark.com and sign the petition.

katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk

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