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Hit And Run
The remarkable Capt J T B McCudden VC DSO and Bar MC and Bar MM claimed all but six of his 57 victories flying the SE 5/5a with No 56 Sqn in 1917-18. He had previously scored five victories in the DH 2 with No 29 Sqn in 1916-17 and a solitary Pup success with No 66 Sqn in July 1917.Having survived more than 100 offensive patrols, he was tragically killed in a flying accident at Marquise, in France, on 9 July 1918 when on his way to join his new unit at Boffles. Mistakenly landing at the wrong airfield, McCudden's engine failed shortly after take-off, possibly due to an incorrectly installed carburettor, and the fighter crashed. The ace's remains were duly buried nearby at Wavans War Cemetery in the Pas de Calais.
Captain JTB McCudden - SE 5a
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"I consider it a patrol leader's work to pay more attention to the main points of the fight than to do all the fighting himself. The main points are: (1) arrival of more EA who have tactical advantage, i.e. height; (2) patrol drifting too far east; (3) patrol getting below bulk of enemy formation. As soon as any of these circumstances occur, it is time to take advantage of the SE's superior speed over EA scouts and break off the fight, rally behind leader and climb west of EA until you are above them before attacking them again." James McCuddenThe original of this painting I am proud to say is now in the ownership of the McCudden family.