His­tory re­peats

Central Leader - - News -

The cam­paign to mark New Zealan­der Sir Keith Park’s role in winning 1940’s Bat­tle of Bri­tain gets off the ground this week.

His part in the victory, the Lon­don drive to hon­our him, and New Zealand’s fail­ure to do so, were high­lighted in Pat Booth’s Off Pat col­umn.

Plan sup­porter Terry Smith will re-en­act Park’s 1919 cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion of Bri­tain, when he and a crew of eight flew a Han­d­ley Page bomber more than 1880 miles (3026 kilo­me­tres) in 30 fly­ing hours at an av­er­age airspeed of 66mph (106kmh).

The flight aims to gather sup­port for a tem­po­rary statue on Trafal­gar Square’s fourth plinth and a per­ma­nent one in Water­loo Place.

Mr Smith will fol­low the same flight­path in a So­cata T20 Trinidad with Sir Keith’s great-great-nephew Ter­ence Stevens-Prior.

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