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This is a one-off original pencil drawing by Steve Teasdale. The highly detailed drawing depicts Sir Keith Rodney Park, leader of 11 group during the Battle of Britain. The genuine and rare full signature of Keith Park is professionally mounted underneath the portrait. The bookplate has also been signed by another ‘One Of The Few’ , fighter pilot RA Kings. Keith Park has only recently also been recognised as one of ‘The Few’ because of two operational flights he undertook during the Battle. This bookplate would make a superb addition to any book on the Battle of Britain.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Rodney Park, GCB, KBE, MC & Bar, DFC (15 June 1892 – 6 February 1975) was a New Zealand-born officer of the Royal Air Force (RAF). During the Second World War, his leadership of the RAF's No. 11 Group was pivotal to the defeat of the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain.

RA Kings went to 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 7th August and after converting to Hurricanes was posted to 238 Squadron at St. Eval on the 31st.

He damaged a He111 on 25th September and was himself shot down by a Me110 in combat over the Isle of Wight on the 26th. Kings baled out, unhurt. His Hurricane, P3830, is believed to have crashed on Colemans Farm, Porchfield. He destroyed a He111 in the action.

Four days later he baled out again, after colliding with P/O VC Simmonds during a routine patrol. Kings was injured in a heavy landing because of a damaged parachute, which had ripped on the tail of his aircraft. His Hurricane, L1702, crashed near Shaftesbury.

Kings was admitted to hospital and did not rejoin 238 until 15th November 1940. However he was judged to be not fully fit and he was put on administrative duties and did not return again to 238 until 22nd December, this time fit to fly.

Stunning Keith Park & Bob Kings Signed Original Drawing Bookplate

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