All Class Clips content is available to watch on mobile, tablet and desktop devices on our new Knowledge & Learning BETA website.
The Victoria Cross
James McCudden and Edward Mannock were extraordinary flyers who rose from modest backgrounds to become two of Britain's greatest fighter aces in World War One. As well as a Victoria Cross, James McCudden was also awarded a Distinguished Service Order and a Bar to his Military Cross, probably the greatest presentation of medals to one person on any one single occasion. Sadly, as their number of victories grew, so did their chances of dying in combat. This clip was first published as part of Timewatch: bbc.co.uk/timewatch/. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
To aide study of the experience gained by pilots during the Great War (1914-18). Receiving the Victoria Cross can reveal to students both the high regard that pilots were held and the dangers that they faced. It would make a good activity for further exploration of issues and discussion. Ideal for a compare and contrast exercise with WWI RAF in Blackadder IV episode 'Private Plane'. Futher information can be found on the 'Aces Falling' programme page: bbc.co.uk/timewatch/acesfalling.shtml.
This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.