Group Captain the Hon. J W "Max" Aitken, Station Commander at Banff, Caithness, and leader of the Banff Strike Wing, standing by the tail of his De Havilland Mosquito FB Mark VI. The son of Lord Beaverbrook, Aitken joined No. 601 Squadron RAuxAF in 1935 as a fighter pilot, and scored his first victories with them in France and England in 1940. He gained further successes on night fighters with No. 68 Squadron RAF, which he formed and commanded in August 1940. In February 1943 he was posted to the Eastern Mediterranean, but returned late in 1944 to command at Banff. His final victory tally was about 16.
Group Captain the Hon. J W "Max" Aitken, leader of the Banff Strike Wing, standing by the tail of his de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk VI, 23 October 1944.