James McCudden, a former mechanic and observer with the RFC has finally scored his first victory. Shortly after his award of the Croix de Guerre on 21 January 1916, he was sent for flying training. On 7 May he became the 107th non-commissioned officer to receive his CFS certificate. He passed as Second Class Flier. On 30 May he was graded First Class Flier. He joined No. 20 Squadron RFC on 8 July 1916 and flew FE2b’s. On 2 August he jowned 29 Squadron RFC flying the DH2.
Today, while on patrol in 5985 between Armentières and Ypres, he scored his first victory shooting down an all-white Albatros BII. The victory was confirmed by ground troops as the aircraft had crashed on the Gheluve-Mennin road at the time and place of his claim.