The senior Mc Cloud had been betrayed by his own wingman, Pigma Dengar, and delivered into a deadly trap from which there was seemingly no escape.
Only James's wingman, Peppy Hare, managed to limp home in his badly damaged starfighter.
His friendship with Bill Grey was revealed during one of these missions, and he went head-to-head with his rival Wolf O'Donnell of Star Wolf and others.
Once Star Fox reached Venom, they fought through its defensive lines or Star Wolf all the way to Andross's base.
Peppy returned from the incident as the sole survivor to apprise Fox of his father's fate.
Emotionally apprehended by the news, Fox dropped out of the Academy in order to avenge his father's death, but couldn't bring himself to believe that his father was truly gone.
For a price, this crack group will fight against any threat to the Cornerian star system.
Fox and his team were to wipe out some Andross remnants who were making off with some "data" relating to Andross' research.
As the only survivor of the original Star Fox Team, Peppy insisted that the young Fox take on the leadership of the group and form a new team of pilots.
Thrust into the leadership role that he wasn't prepared for, Fox recruited the hot-tempered Falco Lombardi and the mechanical genius Slippy Toad to make up the new Star Fox Team.
Feeling guilty about sending James to his doom, General Pepper also took it upon himself to manage Fox's future career.
Fox knew that Bill would join Star Fox if he was asked to but didn't want to pull Bill into this troubles.