James McCud­den

BBC History Magazine - - WWI Eyewitness Accounts -

Over the course of the war, James McCud­den bat­tled his way up from air me­chanic to fighter pilot, be­com­ing the high­est-scor­ing Bri­tish ace.

On 9 July 1918, he was trag­i­cally killed in a fly­ing ac­ci­dent on his way to as­sume com­mand of the RAF’s 60th Squadron in France. His mother, Amelia McCud­den, lost three sons to the First World War, and just one, Mau­rice, sur­vived. In hon­our of her sac­ri­fice, she was cho­sen to lay a wreath rep­re­sent­ing Bri­tish moth­ers at the burial of the Amer­i­can Un­known Soldier at Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery, Virginia, on 11 Novem­ber 1921.

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