The son of Andrew and Agnes Glen, James Alpheus Glen was born on a farm near Turtle Mountain, Manitoba. He attended high school in Enderby, British Columbia. He joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915. Flying the Sopwith Pup, he became an ace during the summer of 1917 but was ill in August and went home to Canada to recuperate. In January 1918, he returned to active duty, scoring nine more victories with the Sopwith Camel. Glen retired from the Royal Air Force in 1928.
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Flt. Lieut. James Alpheus Glen, R N.A.S.
For exceptional gallantry and skill as a fighting pilot and flight leader. On the 7th July, 1917, he attacked two seaplanes off Ostend. In conjunction with other pilots he shot down one which crashed into the sea. The second he attacked himself, and after a short combat it also crashed into the sea, sinking immediately. He has destroyed and driven down out of control many enemy machines.
Flt. Lieut. James Alpheus Glen, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.
For exceptional gallantry and skill as a Flight Leader when engaging enemy aircraft. He has destroyed or driven down out of control many enemy machines.
Shared with FCdr Leonard Rochford, FSL O P Adam (B3798), FSL K D MacLeod (B7222), FSL William Chisam, FSL Aubrey Ellwood, FSL C S Devereux (B7228), FSL L A Sands (B7216), FSL Ronald Berlyn, FSL Edwin Hayne