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Name: Andrew Edward McKeever
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC) and bar
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Andrew McKeever Croix de Guerre with Palm
Country: Canada
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 11
Victories: 31
Born: 21 August 1894
Place of Birth: Listowel, Ontario
Died: 25 December 1919
Place of Death: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cemetery: Fairview Cemetery, Listowel, Ontario, Canada Image
 
 
When the war began, Andrew Edward McKeever joined the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and quickly proved to be an expert marksman in the trenches of France. Towards the end of 1916, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and was assigned to 11 Squadron in May 1917. At that time, the squadron was replacing its outdated B.E.2s. Scoring all of his victories with the Bristol Fighter, McKeever was the highest scoring ace to fly this aircraft during World War I. He was also the highest scoring ace to serve with 11 Squadron. His last aerial combat of the war occurred just before noon on 30 November 1917. On that day, he and his observer, L. A. Powell, engaged two enemy two-seaters protected by a flight of seven Albatros D.Vs. During the battle that followed, McKeever and Powell shot down four of the scouts. After the war, McKeever returned to Canada, then took a job in 1919 as the manager of an airfield in the United States. He died in hospital following an operation for injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Stratford, Ontario on 3 September 1919. He was 25 years of age.
Western Daily Press, Bristol, England, Monday, 4 April 1932, page 7
The Denver Post, Denver, Colorado, Sunday Morning, 3 February 1918, page 1
Western Daily Press, Bristol, England, Wednesday, 31 December 1919, page 5
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Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt Andrew Edward McKeever, R.F.C., Spec. Res.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, particularly when on offensive patrol. He attacked eight enemy aircraft single-handed at close range, and by his splendid dash and determination destroyed one and drove five down completely out of control. He had previously shown exceptional fearlessness in attacking the enemy when in superior numbers, and in the space of three weeks he destroyed eight hostile machines, setting a very fine example to his squadron.
 
Military Cross (MC) Bar
Lt. Andrew Edward McKeever, M.C., R.F.C., Spec. Res.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in aerial combats. He has recently destroyed five enemy aeroplanes and driven down six out of control. On one occasion he encountered five enemy scouts, and drove down two out of control. Later, while leading a patrol, he engaged nine enemy scouts. He destroyed two, drove down one out of control, and dispersed the remainder. His dash and determination have been a fine example to his squadron.
 
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
2nd Lt. (T./Capt.) Andrew Edward McKeever, M.C., R.F.C., Spec. Res.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While on patrol by himself over the enemy's lines in very bad weather he encountered two enemy two-seater machines and seven scouts. By skilful maneuvering he engaged one and destroyed it. As he turned to get back to the lines five of the enemy dived on his tail and his observer engaged and destroyed two of them. After an indecisive combat with two others he attacked and destroyed one of the enemy which had overshot him. He continued the fight with the remainder until he was within twenty feet of the ground, when the enemy machines climbed and left him. He has recently destroyed ten enemy machines and has shown great courage and initiative.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 26 Jun 1917 1845 11 Bristol F.2b (A7144) 1 Albatros D.V (OOC) Etaing-Dury
2 26 Jun 1917 1845 11 Bristol F.2b (A7144) 1 Albatros D.V (DES) E of Cambrai
3 07 Jul 1917 2030 11 Bristol F.2b (A7144) 2 Albatros D.V (DES) S of Vitry
4 07 Jul 1917 2031 11 Bristol F.2b (A7144) 2 Albatros D.V (OOC) Vitry
5 07 Jul 1917 2040 11 Bristol F.2b (A7144) 2 Albatros D.V (OOC) S of Monchy
6 10 Jul 1917 2030 11 Bristol F.2b (A7140) 3 Albatros D.V (OOC) Sailly
7 13 Jul 1917 2010 11 Bristol F.2b (A7140) 3 Albatros D.V (OOC) Haynecourt
8 13 Jul 1917 2010 11 Bristol F.2b (A7140) 3 Albatros D.V (OOC) Haynecourt
9 05 Aug 1917 1950 11 Bristol F.2b (A7159) 2 Albatros D.V (OOC) Queant
10 05 Aug 1917 1950 11 Bristol F.2b (A7159) 2 Albatros D.V (DESF) Queant
11 05 Aug 1917 1950 11 Bristol F.2b (A7159) 2 Albatros D.V (OOC) Queant
12 22 Aug 1917 1845 11 Bristol F.2b (A7159) 4 Albatros D.V (DES) Auby-Douai
13 23 Sep 1917 1625 11 Bristol F.2b (A7159) 2 Albatros D.V (OOC) Vitry
14 23 Sep 1917 1625 11 Bristol F.2b (A7159) 2 Albatros D.V (OOC) Vitry
15 25 Sep 1917 1110 11 Bristol F.2b (A7159) 3 Albatros D.V (DES) Le Catelet
16 28 Sep 1917 1805 11 Bristol F.2b (A7159) 5 Albatros D.V (DESF) Bugnicourt
17 28 Sep 1917 1805 11 Bristol F.2b (A7159) 5 Albatros D.V (OOC) Bugnicourt
18 28 Sep 1917 1805 11 Bristol F.2b (A7159) 5 Albatros D.V (DESF) Bugnicourt
19 01 Oct 1917 1150 11 Bristol F.2b (A7167) 6 C (DES) Brebieres
20 02 Oct 1917 1800-1820 11 Bristol F.2b (A7121) 2 Albatros D.V (DESF) Douai-Cambrai
21 16 Oct 1917 1020 11 Bristol F.2b (A7159) 2 Albatros D.V (DES)(OOC) Brebieres
22 16 Oct 1917 1025 11 Bristol F.2b (A7159) 2 Albatros D.V (DES) Douai
23 20 Oct 1917 1640 11 Bristol F.2b (A7153) 6 Albatros D.V (DESF) NW of Cambrai
24 31 Oct 1917 1600 11 Bristol F.2b (A7153) 2 Albatros D.V (OOC) Fresse
25 31 Oct 1917 1600 11 Bristol F.2b (A7153) 2 Albatros D.V (DES) Fresse
26 31 Oct 1917 1600 11 Bristol F.2b (A7153) 2 Albatros D.V (OOC) Fresse
27 11 Nov 1917 1130 11 Bristol F.2b (A7288) 7 DFW C (DES) Brebieres
28 30 Nov 1917 1150 11 Bristol F.2b (A7288) 2 Albatros D.V (DESF) S of Cambrai
29 30 Nov 1917 1150 11 Bristol F.2b (A7288) 2 Albatros D.V (DES) S of Cambrai
30 30 Nov 1917 1155 11 Bristol F.2b (A7288) 2 Albatros D.V (DES) S of Cambrai
31 30 Nov 1917 1155 11 Bristol F.2b (A7288) 2 Albatros D.V (DES) S of Cambrai

1 Observer 2Lt E Oake
2 Observer Lt Leslie Powell
3 Observer 2Lt E V De G Dodd
4 Observer 2Lt L F Ebbutt
5 Observer AM Hewitt
6 Observer Lt H G Kent
7 Observer Lt L V Pogson
 
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