A Sandhurst graduate, Hugh Granville White joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1916. He was assigned to 20 Squadron in July of that year and downed 3 enemy aircraft as an F.E.2 pilot. After a stint as an instructor, White joined 29 Squadron as an S.E.5a pilot in February 1918. He claimed his final victory on 19 May 1918, colliding with a Pfalz D.III flown by Karl Pech of Jasta 29. The Pfalz went into a dive with White close behind firing his machine guns until the enemy aircraft lost its right wings. Pursued by five Pfalz scouts, White was able to reach the safety of his own lines before crash landing his badly damaged plane. White remained in the Royal Air Force, attained the rank of Air Vice-Marshal and received a CB and CBE before he retired in 1955.