War hero remembered

A HURRICANE fighter plane will fly over Nicolson Drive, Shoreham, on Saturday to mark the official unveiling of the Nicolson VC RAF Clock.

The clock is on the roof of David Munn's house, on the corner of Buckingham Road and Nicolson Drive, which was named after Wing Commander James Nicolson VC, the only RAF fighter pilot to win the Victoria Cross in the Battle of Britain.

Mr Munn said: "I wanted to renovate this property, it's quite a large plot and I wanted to do something that's architecturally pleasing.

"I thought a clock tower would be nice on top. Being on the junction of Nicolson Drive, I thought it would be nice to tie it all in to the original theme (of the road] and bring it alive again. The thing just blossomed from there."

On August 16, 1940, Flight Lieutenant (later Wing Commander) Nicolson was fired on by a German Messerschmitt and injured in an eye and one foot.

He was struggling to abandon his own aircraft when he caught sight of another Messerschmitt.

He managed to get back into his bucket seat and pressed the firing button.

Flt Lt Nicolson continued firing at the enemy plane and destroyed it. When he landed in a field, he was unable to release his parachute because of his badly burned hands. Sadly, he did not survive the war and was killed in a Liberator which crashed into the sea off Calcutta, India, in May, 1945. He was aged 28.

Wing Commander Nicolson's parents moved to 42 Buckingham Road in 1940 and, although his father died in 1943, James and his wife, Muriel, often stayed at the house.

Saturday's ceremony, in Nicolson Drive at 2.15pm, will be carried out by the Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, Hugh Wyatt.

It will begin with the inspection of a guard-of- honour of the Air Training Corps, which is also providing a band and solo bugler to play at the event.

Adur District Council chairman Angie Mills will unveil a plaque – donated by the Shoreham Society – on Wing Commander Nicolson's parents' home in Buckingham Road at 3pm.