Riccomini JA1 grave

Here is an article about Lieutenant James Riccomini MBE, MC I wrote for the Nottingham Evening Post chronicling the adventures and heroics of the City's World War Two SAS hero. After taking part in SAS Operation Galia and leading his troop (among them my late father) back to the safety of the Allied lines, Riccomini immediately volunteered for another high risk mission behind enemy lines in Northern Italy. Tragically, it was to be his last. Here is another article about my more recent trip to Italy in 2014 to attend a commemoration service and dedicate a memorial to Operation Galia. 

This year marks the 70th anniversary of SAS Operation Galia and of Riccominis death, killed in action on Operation Tombola leading his troops in an attack against a heavily defended enemy HQ. Riccomini lived and was educated in my home City of Nottingham and attended the Henry Mellish Grammar school. I hope my home City will fully recognise his sacrifice and honour him as a true inspirational Nottingham war hero in 2015.