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James McCudden’s memorial inscription. © Historic England/DP177805.

James McCudden downed fifty-seven enemy aircraft and became the most decorated British pilot of the war, with medals for bravery including the Victoria Cross (one of 11 awarded to the RFC), Distinguished Flying Order and the French Croix de Guerre.

He died of his injuries 9 July 1918, aged 23, when his aircraft developed an engine fault on the way to France and crashed. He is buried at the Commonwealth War Grave Commission’s Wavans Cemetery in France.

James McCudden’s memorial inscription. © Historic England/DP177805.

Dimensions:
2500 × 2443
File size:
3 MB
Credit:
Historic England, Chris Redgrave
Copyright:
© Historic England Archive
Taken:
13 March 2018