The 1914-1918 War Medal to the Famous Capt. Grinnel - Milne
(CAPT. D. GRINNEL-MILNE. R.A.F) Naming is officially impressed, extremely fine. Footnote: Duncan William Grinnell-Milne served with his brother in the 7th Royal Fusiliers before he was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps in July 1915. After training, he joined 16 Squadron in France where he scored his first victory flying the B.E.2. Toward the end of 1915 he was forced to land behind the German lines and captured, spending more than two years as a POW before he escaped to France in early 1918. Later that year, Grinnell-Milne assumed command of 56 Squadron and scored 5 more victories as an S.E.5a pilot in the final weeks of the war. In 1919 and 1920, he served with 214 Squadron and 14 Squadron in Egypt. After serving as assistant Air-Attache in Paris, he left the Royal Air Force in 1926 with more than 2000 hours of flight time in various aircraft. During World War II, Grinnell-Milne returned to service, flying Wellington bombers over Libya in 1940 before health problems forced him out of the RAF. He took a job with the BBC, remaining there until 1946. In later life, he became a well known author, publishing several books including his memoirs "Wind in the Wires."