Lord Lieutenant of Sussex Susan Pyper unveiled a plaque at Midhurst Rother College during a special ceremony to honour former Midhurst Grammar School pupil Arthur Eade.
Warrant Officer Eade went on to serve with 602 and 610 squadrons of the Royal Air Force as a Battle of Britain pilot.
He was awarded the Air Force Cross in June l943 for his act of valour courage and devotion to duty when he was shot down and although injured he managed to get his stricken aircraft home.
The life expectancy of a Battle of Britain pilot was just hours with a maximum of just six weeks, but Warrant Officer Eade survived the war and died in 1983 at the age of 71.
See our coverage of the plaque unveiling and the Spitfire fly-past in the Observer out tomorrow Thursday, July 25