War hero en route to London
A Feilding man who served with Bomber Command during World War II travelled to Britain to take part in an official service today.
Trevor Guthrie, 91, was among the 32 Bomber Command veterans, aged between 87 and 94, who flew out to London from Whenuapai Airport in Auckland this morning.
The veterans will take part in the opening of the Bomber Command memorial in London, which will pay tribute to the 55,000 personnel, including 1851 New Zealanders, killed during WWII.
About 6000 New Zealanders served with the Royal Air Force-led Bomber Command, which undertook many operations, including the Dambusters raids in 1943.
Minister of Veterans' Affairs and Otaki MP Nathan Guy farewelled the group.
``I'm proud that the Government is funding eligible veterans who served in the RNZAF and who meet the health requirements.
``This event will pay tribute to the sacrifices of so many, and remember those young New Zealanders who never returned home.''
Mr Guy offered his sympathies to the veterans who could not attend because of health reasons.
A commemorative service will be held in Wellington for veterans not able to undertake the trip to London.