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Name: John Oliver Andrews
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC) and Bar
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 5, 24, 66 (RFC)
209 (RAF)
Victories: 12
Born: 20 July 1896
Place of Birth: Waterloo, Lancashire, England
Died: 29 May 1989
Place of Death: Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire, England
2nd Lieutenant John Oliver Andrews received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 1924 on a Maurice Farman biplane at the British Flying School in Le Crotoy, France on 19 October 1915. On 22 November 1916, he and Kelvin Crawford downed an Albatros D.II flown by Stefan Kirmaier, commander of Jasta 2. Andrews was granted a permanent commission to Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force on 1 August 1919.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Andrews' Medal Group
Military Cross (MC) Bar
2nd Lt. (temp. Capt.) John Oliver Andrews, R. Scots and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and skill. He is a fine leader of offensive patrols, and has himself shot down four enemy machines. On one occasion he got within 25 yards of an enemy machine under heavy fire and brought it down a wreck.
Military Cross (MC) Bar
2nd Lt. (Temp Capt.) John Oliver Andrews, M.C., R. Scots and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry in action. He showed great courage and determination in leading successful patrols and attacks on hostile aircraft, and has now accounted for his ninth machine. On one occasion he followed a machine down to 800 feet, on another he went down to 500 feet.
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
2nd Lt. (temp. Capt.) John Oliver Andrews, M.C., R. Scots. & R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in leading offensive patrols with great dash and success on over thirty occasions, and taking part in over twenty-two combats. His skill and courage in attacking and destroying hostile aircraft have at all times been magnificent.
#7 Germany Stefan Kirmaier
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 21 Jul 1916 0800 24 D.H.2 (5948) Fokker E (DES) Allaines
2 09 Aug 1916 0630 24 D.H.2 (5925) C (OOC) S of Mory
3 02 Sep 1916 1925 24 D.H.2 (5998) D (DES) N of Les Boeufs
4 06 Sep 1916 1830 24 D.H.2 (5998) C (DES) 1 E of Flers
5 02 Nov 1916 1500 24 D.H.2 (5998) Halberstadt D.II (DES) NW of Bapaume
6 17 Nov 1916 1530 24 D.H.2 (5998) D (DES) 1 Bapaume
7 22 Nov 1916 1310 24 D.H.2 (5998) Albatros D.I (CAP) 2 Les Boeufs
8 30 Apr 1917 0845 66 Sopwith Pup (A6177) Albatros C (DES) Brebières-Fresnes
9 02 May 1917 1415 66 Sopwith Pup (A6177) Albatros D.II (DES) Orchies
10 13 May 1917 a.m. 66 Sopwith Pup (B1703) Albatros D.III (OOC)  
11 07 Jun 1917 0800 66 Sopwith Pup (B1703) C (DES) Gheluvelt
12 11 Jul 1917 1035 66 Sopwith Pup (B1703) Albatros C (DES) Henin Lietard

1 Shared with Lt Robert Saundby
2 Shared with Lt Kelvin Crawford
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