PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Andrews, Sydney Ernest (Service number: 580319/44567)
Date of birth: Unknown
Date of death:  August 9th, 1942
Buried on:  Commonwealth War Cemetery Ismailia
Plot: 7.  Row: B.  Grave: 9.
Nationality:  British
BIOGRAPHY: 
Sydney Ernest Andrews entered service with the RAF as an Airman in September 1936. In 1940 he was stationed with No. 150 Squadron flying the Fairey Battle.
Later he volunteered for Fighter Command, where he was placed on September 2nd, 1940. September 5th he was stationed with No. 32 Squadron at Acklington. September 22nd he transferred to No. 257 Squadron at Martlesham Heath. With this unit he shot down (together with another pilot) an Italian Fiat BR20 during an attack on London. He was later transferred to the Middle East. Flying with No. 3 Aircraft Maintenance Unit, he was killed in an accident on August 9th, 1942.

Promotions:
?: Sergeant;
September 2nd, 1940: Pilot Officer on probation (seniority May 2nd, 1940);
September 2nd, 1941: Pilot Officer;
September 2nd, 1941: Flying Officer (war subs.- seniority May 2nd, 1941).

Career:
September 1936: entering service;
?: No. 150 Squadron;
?: Operational Training Unit;
September 2nd, 1940: Fighter Command;
September 5th, 1940: No. 32 Squadron;
September 22nd, 1940: No. 257 Squadron;
December 1940: Operational Training Unit;
1941: Flight Commander No. 242 Squadron;
November 1941: No. 605 Squadron;
February 1942: No. 3 Aircraft Maintenance Unit.
     
DISTINGUISHED FLYING MEDAL (DFM)
Rank: Sergeant
Unit: No. 150 Squadron
Awarded on: November 5th, 1940
Action: Received for gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air
operations.
 
 
 
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Information source(s):   - The London Gazette of 4th October 1940, Issue 34960
- The London Gazette of 5th November 1940, Issue 34986
- The London Gazette of 5th September 1941, Issue 35266
- The Battle of Britain London Monument
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