He was, of course, a New Zealander, and a great man.
I didn't know he served in Catalinas - thanks for that. Channel 4 News today described him as an explorer, which I thought was right.
He was also, IIRC, the first man to the South Pole (in 1958) after Amundsen and Scott. He was supposed to wait for a rendevous with the Sir Vivian Fuchs' Trans-Anarctic expedition but he wasn't the sort to sit and wait so he made a dash for the pole and met the main expedition there.
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