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James White

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Captain James Butler White, DFC, RNAS (July 7, 1893 - January 2, 1972) was a World War I Royal Naval Air Service flying ace.

White was born on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada.

He served with No. 8 Naval Squadron RNAS, which was renamed No. 208 Squadron RAF after the Royal Naval Air Service was merged with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force in 1918. He achieved 12 victories in total, his first on January 24, 1918 and his last two on October 3, 1918. All of his victories were scored while flying a Sopwith Camel.

The citation for his Distinguished Flying Cross (published in the London Gazette on December 3, 1918) read in part:

"A fine fighting pilot who has accounted for eight enemy aeroplanes. He has led numerous offensive and low bombing raids, and by his able and daring leadership has achieved great success with a minimum of casualties to his patrol."

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