World War: First V.C.

Last week the first Victoria Cross for an airman was awarded to long (6 ft. 4 in.), lanky Flight Lieut. James Brindly Nicolson, 23, whose comrades call him "The Professor" because of his long wavy hair, and whose cousin is Author Harold Nicolson, M.P. The Professor, on Aug. 16 in his first air battle, had his Hurricane set afire by cannon fire from a Messerschmitt 110. Wounded in the eye and heel, his cockpit blazing with leaking fuel, his left hand on fire at the throttle, he turned on his assailant. His thumb sizzled...

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