Captain John Oliver Andrews – British Ace 1896 / 1989
Andrews was a Manchester brewer’s son. He attended Dame Alice Owen’s School from 1908 to 1911, Followed by attendance at Manchester High School 1911/1912. He then joined The Royal Scots ( Lothian Regiment ) being commissioned a second lieutenant on 9th of October 1914.
After service in the Infantry, Andrews transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. His first aerial service was as an observer/gunner, originally, he was seconded to No.1 Squadron RFC at Netheravon on the 4th of November 1914. He was then re-assigned to observe on the Avro 504 in No. 5 Squadron RFC in June 1915. He qualified as a pilot on the 15th of June 1915, earning Royal Aero Club Certificate number 1924 at Le Crotoy, France. He was officially appointed a flying officer (observer). He was then assigned to the newly formed No.24 Squadron RFC as an Airco DH2 pilot. On 16th December 1915 he was appointed a flying officer.
On the 27th of April 1916, in one of his early flights in the DH2, He drove off German Ace Max Immelmann, holing his Eindekker in the process. a week later, Andrews was appointed a Flight Commander with concomitant promotion to temporary Captain. He went on to score his initial victory on 21st July 1916, destroying a Fokker Eindekker over Allaines. On that day he led a patrol attacking a German formation of five Roland CII’s and their five escorting Fokkers. His victory may have been against German ace Ltn Otto Parschau of FA32. although not proven.
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