Key told Stuff.co.nz that Munro was a “a remarkable man who led a remarkable life”.
“I was honoured to meet Les Munro in person when I attended the presentation of his medals to Motat (Auckland’s Museum of Transport and Technology) just a few months ago,” Key said.
“His contribution to his country and his generosity will not be forgotten.”
Munro was a member of the Royal Air Force 617 Squadron during WWII and flew missions with the famed Dambusters.
He died peacefully Tauranga on Tuesday, surrounded by friends and family members.