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.