Captain James Day MC 1897-1957, edited by Roger and Jenny Mallion

Captain James Day MC 1897-1957, edited by Roger and Jenny Mallion
Captain James Day MC 1897-1957, edited by Roger and Jenny Mallion

Published by the Marden History Group, 32 pages. A4 size spiral bound booklet (N5428).

This booklet provides a fascinating short account of the life of James Day, and around half of it details his wartime exploits (during the First World War), when he served with the Royal Flying Corps.

From the introduction: James Day was posted to the Royal Flying Corps and sent to Worthing Aerodrome in May 1917 for initial flight training. He graduated at Upavon as a 2nd Lieutenant in September 1917. (When war broke out in 1914, it was just 13 years since the Wright brothers had flown their first aeroplane. Air power was not yet an established area of military operations).

Soon after graduating, James went to France with the newly formed 102 Squadron - the first squadron ever to drop bombs at night. He was 20 years old.

Based initially at Le Hameau and later at Aire he flew around 100 hours on active night service in France. For action on March 29th 1918 around Mametz Wood on the Somme, he was awarded the Military Cross.

James Day carried out 50 night raids - only 4 of which were unsuccessful. He was on 17 raids in 6 nights during the first week of the German advance on the Somme. On the 29th March 1918, Captain Day dropped all his bombs and fired 100 rounds from 200ft. He wrote in his logbook, 'Quite successful, good weather'. In his recommendation his commanding officer wrote, 'Although under heavy machine gun and rifle fire from the ground he continued to circle over them at 300ft and fired until all his ammunition was exhausted'. In early August 1918, he was transferred to Mattishall in Norfolk for further night action against the Zeppelins, and he was later posted to Hounslow in Middlesex.

The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the spiral spine is tight and intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Has a small price sticker on rear side cover
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