BURSTING THE BUBBLE

REPUTATIONS: Admiral Sir William Milbourne James

Admiral Sir William Milbourne James is more famous for being the boy in the Pears’ soap ad than saving 200,000 Allied lives. Jane Hall sets the record straight

“This formidable naval commander never managed to shake off his youthful nickname of ‘Bubbles’”

WILLIAM MILBOURNE JAMES OVERCAME FAMILY SCANDAL TO RISE TO THE TOP OF THE ROYAL NAVY

Operation Dynamo and the Dunkirk evacuation is one of the most well documented events in World War Two history. Yet another rescue mission, Operation Aerial, receives scant attention despite having saved the lives of more than 200,000 Allied servicemen, civilian evacuees and refugees. This was Admiral Sir William Milbourne James’ finest hour. 

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