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Project aims to erect statue of ‘High Flight’ poet


The John Gillespie Magee Jr Foundation is making progress with its project to create a statue of the Canadian World War Two pilot and poet in a public park at Wellingore village, Lincolnshire. A maquette [miniature] of the statue has now been completed.

John Magee, author of the famous aviation-themed poem High Flight, was stationed at Wellingore airfield with 412 Squadron RCAF from October 1941. On December 11, at the age of 19, his Spitfire crashed near the village of Ruskington following a mid-air collision with an Airspeed Oxford – the pilots of both aircraft were killed.

The 9ft (2.74m) tall bronze sculpture of Magee in pilot uniform has been designed by sculptor Antony Dufort, whose work can be viewed at The project is supported by groups in the UK, Canada and the US with patrons including Rev Canon F Hugh Magee (John’s brother), ACM Sir Michael Graydon GCB CBE, Carol Vorderman MBE, and former NASA astronaut Capt Michael López-Alegria.

The project hopes to raise £120,000 this year to allow the full-size statue to be commissioned. Limited edition bronze castings of the maquette (pictured) and of the bust of John Magee are available to purchase together with resin casts at lower cost. See: WITH THANKS TO MALCOLM SMITH


A miniature version of the John Magee statue, designed by Antony Dufort. VIA MAGEE FOUNDATION

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