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Name: Andrew MacGregor
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: Scotland
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 57
Victories: 6
Born: 25 October 1897
Place of Birth: Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland
Died: 24 October 1983
Place of Death: Perth, Perthshire, Scotland
The son of Andrew and Jessie MacGregor, Andrew MacGregor was commissioned in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1916. He was appointed Flying Officer and transferred to the Royal Flying Corps on 30 November 1917. A D.H.4 pilot with 57 Squadron, he scored six victories in 1918. Post-war, he remained in the Royal Air Force and retired in 1949 with the rank of Air Vice Marshal. From 1950 to 1960, he was Commandant of the Civil Defence Training School at Taymouth Castle, Perthshire. MacGregor died in the Perth Royal Infirmary in 1983.

AIR 1/2389/228/11/120
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. (A./Capt.) Andrew MacGregor (Arg. & Suth'd Highrs.). (FRANCE)
   This officer has accounted for five enemy aircraft and has proved himself an exceptionally capable leader of patrols, notably on 14th August, when his formation of five machines was attacked by eight enemy aircraft. By his skilful leadership five of the latter were brought down without his own formation sustaining a single casualty.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 31 Jul 1918 1110 57 D.H.4 (D8398) 1 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Quéant
2 08 Aug 1918 0810 57 D.H.4 (D8398) 1 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Moislains A/F
3 14 Aug 1918 1040 57 D.H.4 (D8419) 1 Fokker D.VII (DESF) SE of Roisel
4 04 Sep 1918 1000 57 D.H.4 (D8419) 2 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Bourlon Wood
5 05 Sep 1918 1125 57 D.H.4 (D8419) 2 Fokker D.VII (OOC) W of Marcoing
6 05 Sep 1918 1605 57 D.H.4 (D8419) 2 Fokker D.VII (DESF) Avesnes-le-Sec

1 Observer Lt J F D Tanqueray
2 Observer Sgt James Grant
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