Above and Beyond: Hugh James


The efforts of transport pilot Hugh ‘Jimmy’ James to save passengers on his aircraft, after it was shot down in the desert by enemy fighters, are remembered by Graham Pitchfork

Hugh ‘Jimmy’ James adjusted his age by a year when applying for the RAF and was just 17 when he started training to be a pilot at the beginning of World War Two. After graduating from flying tuition, he was sent to the Middle East to join 216 Squadron, equipped with transport aircraft.

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