A school teacher from Kirkfield, Ontario, James Henry Forman joined the Royal Naval Air Service in November 1916. Posted to 6 Naval Squadron, he scored his first victory with a Sopwith Camel on 27 July 1917. Wounded in action the following day, he was reassigned to 1 Naval Squadron (later 201 Squadron) in the fall of 1917. Before this squadron was re-equipped with Camels, Forman scored his second victory with a Sopwith Triplane. He achieved six more victories with the Camel before joining 70 Squadron on special assignment as a flight commander. After scoring his final victory in August, he was shot down and captured on the morning of 4 September 1918. On that day, Forman's flight of twelve Camels engaged Bruno Loerzer, Albert Lux, Fritz Classen, Erich Buder, Otto Fruhner and other members of JG III. Only four Camels made it back to the aerodrome. It was the largest single loss of the war by a Camel squadron.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. (temp. Capt.) James Henry Forman.
A skilful patrol leader, who has displayed on all occasions a high standard of courage, endurance, and skill. In a period of ten months he has been engaged on seventy-seven offensive patrols, and has brought down three enemy aeroplanes in flames and five out of control.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 3 August 1918 (30827/9200)