Hawker Hurricane Mk I, F / L James Nicolson VC, No. 249 Squadron, Royal Air Force, August 16, During World War II, the F / L James Nicolson was the only pilot of Fighter Command to receive the Victoria Cross. On August 16, 1940, his plane was hit by cannon fire and caught fire. As he was about to parachute, he realized that his opponent had just passed before him. He went back into the flames in the cockpit to bring him down and was badly burned.1940 - Bravo Bravo Aviation.