For Valour

Few Great War airmen could match James McCudden for courage and tenacity. Graham Pitchfork reflects on the British pilot’s short but distinguished career

Born in 1895 into a family with a long history of Army service, James McCudden rose from being a boy soldier in the Royal Engineers to become one of Britain’s greatest airmen. He received no fewer than seven awards for gallantry, including the Victoria Cross.

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