An Airco DH.2 flown Stewart Smith will fly from Wickenby, UK, to Albert, France, to take part in the commemorations on November 11th and overfly a memorial to Lanoe Hawker, VC, that was recently built in Ligny Thilloy.
The trip will be flown in three legs, and the crew has already succesfully made the two first legs. A special blog was created for this event: Airco DH.2 from Wickenby to the Somme – 11/11/11.
Major Lanoe Hawker was the first British ace and the third pilot to receive the Victoria Cross. He was shot down in an Airco DH.2 on 23 November 1916 by Manfred von Richtofen, the infamous “Red Baron”.