McCuddens Propeller

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Reference WMO/266841


Imperial War Museum

Lambeth Road





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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Trophy/Relic
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Damaged wooden propeller that was fitted to the aircraft of James McCudden VC
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James McCudden (left) was a modern soldier. As a teenager in 1913 he joind the new Royal Flying Corps. Slowly he climbed through the ranks - mechanic, observer, pilot; private, sergeant, officer. He was a crack shot and by early 1917 he had already received both the Military Cross and the Military Medal. In February McCudden returned home to teach other pilots how to fight in the air. He flew many aircraft, but his favourite at that time was a light, agile Sopwith Pup. When its propeller was accidentally damaged, it was replaced. McCudden gave this damaged one to a fellow pilot. McCudden returned to the front in August 1917. The following April he recived the Victoria Cross but was killed in a flying accident only three months later.

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