Posted on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 and is filed under KAS News.
WAR MEMORIAL TO AIRMAN LISTED TO MARK THE CENTENARY OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE
Amongst the10 Aviation War Memorials newly Listed at Grade II is the
McCudden War Memorial and Grave in Maidstone Road Cemetery, Chatham, Kent
This memorial is an important symbol of the role of the Royal Flying Corps in the war and the sacrifices of its pilots. It is dedicated to the four McCudden brothers – Royal Flying Corps pilots William, James and John and Royal Air Force test flight engineer Maurice. James McCudden shot down 57 enemy aircraft and became the most decorated British pilot of the First World War, with medals for bravery including the Victoria Cross (one of 11 awarded to the Royal Flying Corps), Distinguished Flying Order and the French Croix de Guerre. He died of his injuries on 9 July 1918, aged 23, when his aircraft developed an engine fault on the way to France and crashed. He is buried at the Commonwealth War Grave Commission’s Wavans Cemetery in France.
Details and a photograph can be seen on the Monumental Inscriptions page for
Maidstone Road Cemetery, Chatham – Grave 350