Flying aces of the First World War

Archive Corner
Archive Corner

CAN anyone help one of our readers identify the people on this week’s Archive Corner picture?

It was brought into us by Peter Brammer, of Cartwright Street, Shireoaks, who was given the article by a neighbour.

The picture caption tells us that these are “Worksop’s five eager apprentices turned war heroes” and that the man in the centre of the back row and the inset is Jimmy James.

Mr Brammer said: “There’s no date on the article or who published it. It just says Life and Leisure at the top of the page.”

The headline on the article is ‘The man who flew under Worksop’s Iron Bridge’, which refers to Mr James.

Mr Brammer said: “Apparently he was a bit of a daredevil. He flew low over the cricket field making all the players duck and he got hauled over the coals for it.”

He said the bridge referred to in the article was the iron bridge on Gateford Road.

“I’d be interested to know who the other people in the picture are and if there’s any more information about them,” he said.

The article describes Mr James as one of the ‘live for the day’ survivors from the Royal Flying Corps of the First World War.

He was in a wood and canvas 80mph Shorthorn training aeroplane when he flew under the bridge.