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Wing Commander James Brindley Nicolson

Service Number: 39329
Regiment & Unit/Ship

Royal Air Force

355 Sqdn.

Date of Death

Died 02 May 1945

Age 29 years old

Buried or commemorated at


Column 445.


  • Country of Service United Kingdom
  • Awards Victoria Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Additional Info Son of Leslie Gibson Nicolson and Dorothea Hilda Nicolson; husband of Muriel Caroline Nicolson, of Kirkby Wharfe, Yorkshire.
  • Additional Citation note

    The citation in the London Gazette of 15th November, 1940, gives the following details: On August 16th, 1940, during an air battle near Southampton, four cannon shells hit wing Cdr. Nicolson's aircraft, two wounding him and one setting fire to the gravity tank. When about to abandon his plane he sighted an enemy fighter which, despite the flames in his cockpit, he attacked and brought down. In so doing he incurred serious burns on his hands, face and neck. In continuing to engage the enemy although wounded and with his aircraft on fire, wing Cdr. Nicolson displayed exceptional gallantry and disregard for his own life.

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