For Valour

William Rhodes-Moorhouse has the distinction of being the first airman to be awarded the Victoria Cross after he brought a crippled aircraft back from the front lines. Graham Pitchfork tells his story

VICTORIA CROSS WILLIAM RHODES-MOORHOUSE

Born in London in September 1887, William Rhodes- Moorhouse was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge, leaving in 1909. He was passionate about engines and took private flying lessons, gaining his pilot’s certificate later that year.

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