Having served with the 18th South African Mounted Rifles, Andrew Cameron Kiddie traveled to England to join the Royal Flying Corps. 2nd Lieutenant Kiddie received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 3719 on a Maurice Farman biplane at military school, Brooklands on 17 October 1916. Posted to 32 Squadron in 1917, he scored his first victory flying a D.H.5. Later that year, he served as an instructor with the Home Establishment. Among his students was future ace Ira Jones. In the spring of 1918, Kiddie was back in France flying the S.E.5a with 74 Squadron. On the morning of 8 May 1918, just days after scoring his second victory, Kiddie's flight of six S.E.5As was pounced on by ten Fokker Triplanes. With a badly damaged aircraft, Kiddie was the only pilot to make it back to the aerodrome. He went on to become a flight commander in the summer of 1918 and scored thirteen more victories by the end of the war.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (A./Capt.) Andrew Cameron Kiddie.
A gallant officer, who has proved himself resolute and courageous in aerial combats. He has to his credit six enemy machines and one balloon shot down in flames.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 8 February 1919 (31170/2041)