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Superman of the Air
Superman of the Air
The News of the World - Sunday, March 31, 1918
Published by Scott
15 July 2007
Superman of the Air

SUPERMAN OF THE AIR.

AMAZING RECORD OF A BRITISH OFFICER.

EVERY DECORATION FOR VALOUR WON BY AIRMAN.

Starting at Mons, Captain James Byford McCudden, the star British airman, has won every award for valour possible to an officer in the British Army. In two cases he has gained the distinction twice over. His amazing record is as follows:—
D.S.O
Bar to D.S.O.
Croix de Guerre.
M.C.
Bar to M.C.
M.M.
The announcement that Captain McCudden has been awarded the V.C. was made in the following terms:—
For conspicuous bravery, exceptional perseverance, keenness, and very high devotion to duty on various occasions during December, January, and February last.
Captain McCudden, who is only 23, has been through practically every stage of the war. He went to France in the original Expeditionary Force, and, having some experience of the air, was pressed into service as an observer at Mons, and gave valuable information of enemy movements during the retreat. As a sergeant, he was officially promoted to be an observer, and quickly won fame for his expert handling of guns in several stiff fights. As the pilot of a single-seater scout, McCudden has had over 100 fights and some wonderful escapes without sustaining the slightest hurt. The crack German pilot Max Immelmann was a deadly rival, and they had three duels, but the fight was broken off on each occasion without either man being able to claim an advantage. At the beginning of January last it was reported that he had brought down 37 enemy machines, and at the end of February he had brought up his total to 57. The worthy son of a worthy old soldier, W. H. McCudden, a warrant officer in the Royal Engineers, Captain McCudden was born in barracks at Chatham. He was educated at the garrison school, and lived most of his life in barracks. At the age of 17 he was stationed at Gibraltar as a boy in the Engineers, and he tied with his captain for first prize in a shooting competition. The following is a summary of Captain McCudden's distinctions:—
MILITARY MEDAL.—Awarded in September, 1916, for attacking and destroying an enemy machine and forcing two others to land. He also twice crossed the enemy lines at a very low altitude in attacks on hostile balloons under very heavy fire.
MILITARY CROSS.—Won in February, 1917. McCudden followed a hostile machine down to a height of 300 feet, and drove it to the ground.
BAR TO MILITARY CROSS.—For dash and skill from August 15 to September 23, 1917, when he took part in many offensive patrols (over 30 of which he led), and destroyed five enemy machines.
D.S.O.—For gallantry on November 29-30, 1917, when he attacked and brought down an enemy two-seater within our lines, both occupants being taken prisoners. He also encountered an enemy machine during very bad weather at 2,000 feet, and brought it down to a height of 100 feet, when it was destroyed.
BAR TO D.S.O.—For his skill and gallantry on November 23 last, when he destroyed four enemy machines by fearlessness and clever manoeuvring.

The News of the World - Sunday, March 31, 1918



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