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ANDREWS, Frederick John Flying Officer, No.437 Squadron, J19906 Distinguished Flying Cross RCAF Personnel Awards 1939-1949
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ANDREWS, F/O Frederick John (J19906) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.437 Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born 24 April 1919. Home in Porcupine, Ontario; enlisted North Bay 9 January 1941 and posted to No.1 Manning Depot. To No.1A Manning Depot, 29 January 1941; posted elsewhere, 19 February 1941; to No.1 ITS, 25 April 1941; graduated and promoted LAC, 26 May 1941; posted that date to No.1 AOS; to No.1 BGS, 17 August 1941; graduated and promoted Sergeant, 27 September 1941; posted that date to No.2 ANS; graduated 27 October 1941 and posted next day to \"Y\" Depot. To RAF overseas, 11 November 1941. Commissioned 3 February 1943. Repatriated 8 June 1945; to No.1 Air Command, 20 June 1945; to No.1 Wireless School, 24 July 1945; retired 8 September 1945. Died in North Bay, Ontario, 5 February 2010 as per Legion Magazine ?Last Post? column, September/October 2010. Award presented 5 June 1949. DHist file 181.009 D.4855 (RG.24 Vol.20657) has recommendation dated 1 April 1945 when he had flown 1,127 hours (155 in previous six months), 589 operational hours (83 sorties). It said his first tour had been on Coastal Command and on current tour had \"acted as Map Reader in the leading aircraft on all airborne operations on the continent since D-Day.\" This officer has completed two tours of operational duty. He is a highly skilled navigator whose exceptional ability has played a good part in the successes obtained. Cool, devoted and resolute, Flying Officer Andrews has proved himself to be a most valuable member of aircraft crew.