sir keith park, Most Effective group commander, raf fighter command.
Royal Air Force Air Marshal Sir Keith Park, Commander of 11 Group seated at his desk.
RAF Hornchurch key air station of 11 Group RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain.
During World War Two, RAF Hornchurch was key air station of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. It was part of 11 Group, which protected metropolitan London. 11 Group was commanded by the most brilliant tactical fighter commander in Great Britain: Air Vice Marshal Keith Park
Senor Montero de Bustamante, Uruguayan Charge d’Affaires, speaking at the ceremony at Hornchurch, Essex to name a Spitfire (“Uruguay XVI”) subscribed to by the people of Uruguay. Air Vice Marshal H W L Saunders, Air Officer Commanding No 11 Group of Fighter Command, is on the extreme left, with the Rt Hon H H Balfour MP, Under Secretary of State for Air (second from left) and Air Vice Marshal R M Hill, Air Officer Commanding No 12 Group (centre foreground). Circa 1943. Official RAF photo courtesy of the Imperial War Museum.
Flight Lieutenant J A Plagis (Rhodesian) and Flying Officer A J Hancock of No. 64 Squadron RAF, standing in front of a Supermarine Spitfire Mark V at Hornchurch, Essex. They had, between them, shot down 16 enemy aircraft in the air battles over Malta in 1941 and 1942. Photo courtesy of the Imperial War Museum.
Group Captain Charles Lott, Hornchurch’s 35-year-old Station Commander, climbs into his flying kit before going up in a Spitfire, June 1942. Retrieving his parachute from the car is his WAAF driver, Leading Aircraftwoman Mary Ford. Photo courtesy of the Imperial War Museum.
Flying Officer John Allen of No 54 Squadron receives the DFC from the King at Hornchurch, 27 June 1940. Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, AOC-in C Fighter Command, stands in the centre, hands clasped behind his back. Photo courtesy of the Imperial War Museum.
Flight Sergeant Georges Nadon, a French-Canadian pilot with No. 122 Squadron, in his Spitfire at Hornchurch, May 1942. The 27-year-old French-Canadian, seen striking a pose in the cockpit of his Spitfire, was asked to list his hobbies. Somewhat predictably, the response was ‘girlfriends and beer’! Photo courtesy of the Imperial War Museum.
Ground staff refuel a Supermarine Spitfire Mk VB of No. 64 Squadron RAF at Hornchurch, 7 May 1942. Photo courtesy of the Imperial War Museum.
Ground crew from No. 122 Squadron RAF play a game of draughts while waiting for their aircraft to return from an operation over France, Hornchurch, 7 May 1942. Photo courtesy of the Imperial War Museum.
Supermarine Spitfire Mark VB, BM252 ‘MT-E’, of No. 122 Squadron RAF, being checked over by ground crew, prior to starting up at Hornchurch, Essex. Date between 1939 and 1945. Photo courtesy of the Imperial War Museum.