Top Flying Aces of World War I – 16

James McCudden

Credit: Imperial War Museums

James McCudden (1895-1918) joined the Royal Flying Corps as a mechanic in 1913.

He would eventually sign up for training as a pilot and amass 57 victories to become one of the highest scoring British fighter pilots of war.

McCudden was awarded the Victoria Cross in the spring of 1918 and after a brief rest was posted back to the Western Front to take control of his own squadron.

He was killed in a flying accident on 9 July.

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