James Alpheus Glen

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James Alpheus Glen
Nickname(s) Jimmy
Born 23 June 1890
Turtle Mountain, Manitoba
Died 7 March 1962 (1962-03-08) (aged 71)
Eton, England
Allegiance George V[1]
Service/branch Royal Naval Air Service, Royal Air Force
Rank Captain
Unit No. 10 Squadron RNAS, No. 3 Squadron RNAS/No. 203 Squadron RAF
Awards Croix de Guerre, Distinguished Service Cross

James Alpheus Glen DSC (23 June 1890 – 7 March 1962) was a Canadian First World War flying ace, officially credited with 15 victories.[2]

Four of these victories occurred in a Sopwith Pup he named "Mildred H." after his girlfriend at the time (he later married an American actress).[3] The Golden Age Air Museum in Bethel, Pennsylvania, has a flying reproduction of his Pup.[4]

Text of citations[edit]

Distinguished Service Cross[edit]

"Flt. Lieut. James Alpheus Glen, R N.A.S. For exceptional gallantry and skill as a fighting pilot and flight leader. On the 7th July, 1917, he attacked two seaplanes off Ostend. In conjunction with other pilots he shot down one which crashed into the sea. The second he attacked himself, and after a short combat it also crashed into the sea, sinking immediately. He has destroyed and driven down out of control many enemy machines."

Distinguished Service Cross - Bar[edit]

"Flt. Lieut. James Alpheus Glen, D.S.C., R.N.A.S. For exceptional gallantry and skill as a Flight Leader when engaging enemy aircraft. He has destroyed or driven down out of control many enemy machines."



  1. ^ Canadian airmen were required to complete an Attestation Paper in which they declared an oath of allegiance to King George the Fifth and agreed to serve in any arm of the service for the duration of the war between Great Britain and Germany. aerodrome.com
  2. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com
  3. ^ EAA Sport Aviation, "Remembering Beginnings," February 2017, p. 63.
  4. ^ http://www.goldenageair.org/collection/1916_sopwith_pup.htm


"WWI Aces of Canada:James Glen". www.theaerodrome.com. Retrieved 2008-07-04.