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Andrew Beck Mamedoff

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Mamedoff was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1911. He grew up in Thompson, Connecticut, and attended Bryant College in the early 1930s. He had learned to fly in the USA and even had his own plane with which he performed at airshows. He and Eugene Tobin had been flying friends at Mines Field in California before the war.

Mamedoff initially came to Europe to fight on the side of Finland against the Soviet Union, but hostilities had ceased before he arrived. He then enlisted in the French Air Force, but he was not assigned to a squadron before the fall of France. Along with Tobin, and their friend Vincent Keough, they managed to get out of France and once in England, joined the RAF.

After converting to the Spitfire, Mamedoff was posted to RAF Middle Wallop and joined No 609 Squadron on 8 August 1940. He was one of 11 American pilots who flew with RAF Fighter Command between 10 July and 31 October 1940, thereby qualifying for the Battle of Britain clasp to the 1939–45 campaign star.

He was posted to RAF Kirton in Lindsey in Lincolnshire on 18 September 1940 and was a founding member of the No 71 'Eagle' Squadron. He was posted to RAF Duxford in August 1941 to another "Eagle Squadron", No 133 Squadron as a Flight Commander.

On 8 October 1941, Mamedoff was flying with 133 Squadron on a standard transit flight from Fowlmere Airfield to RAF Eglinton in Northern Ireland in his Hurricane Z3781. The wreckage of his plane was found near Maughold on the Isle of Man and it is thought that he crashed due to poor weather conditions. His body was later recovered for burial at Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey.

Service

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Units served with

  • No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 19 September 1940, No. 71 was reformed at Church Fenton as the first 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American personnel. The Squadron received Hurricanes in November and became operational on defensive duties on 5 February 1941. No. 71 converted...

  • No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 1 August 1941, No. 133 reformed at Coltishall as the third 'Eagle' Squadron manned by American personnel. Equipped with Hurricanes it became operational at the end of September. The next month the Squadron moved to Northern Ireland, returning to...

Aircraft

  • Z3781

    Hurricane
    Hawker Hurricane Mk I XR-A Z3781, part of the fifth production batch produced by Hawker Aircraft Limited at Langley, to contract # 62305/39, between 14th January, 1941 and 28th July, 1941. ...

Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

  • Kirton-in-Lindsey

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RFC and RAF Home Defence landing ground during the First World War, Kirton-in-Lindsey was built during 1938-40 as an RAF fighter station. It had two grass runways, 10 hardstandings, three grouped C hangars and four over-blister hangars....

  • Eagle Squadrons Memorial

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Warsaw, Poland 24 August 1912

Son of Natalie Mamedoff

Lived in Thompson, CT, USA 1931
Attended University Rhode Island, USA 1932

Attended Bryant University Rhode Island, USA.

Joined French AF France 1940

Joined the French Air Force.

Joined RAF England, UK 1940

Joined the Royal Air Force in 1940.

Battle of Britain Veteran Great Britain, United Kingdom 10 July 1940 – 31 October 1940

One of 11 American pilots who flew with RAF Fighter Command between 10 July and 31 October 1940, thereby qualifying for the Battle of Britain clasp to the 1939–45 campaign star.

Converted to Spitfires August 1940

Converted to the Spitfire at OTU.

Enlisted AAC Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20, UK 8 August 1940

Posted to RAF Middle Wallop and joined No 609 Squadron on 8 August 1940.

Married Epping, Epping, Essex CM16, UK 1941

In 1941 Mamedoff married an English woman, Alys Laird "Penny" Craven at Epping.

Posted to No 133 Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB22, UK August 1941

Posted to RAF Duxford in August 1941 to another "Eagle Squadron", No 133 Squadron as a Flight Commander.

Died Maughold, Isle of Man 8 October 1941

On 8 October 1941, was flying with 133 Squadron on a standard transit flight from Fowlmere Airfield to RAF Eglinton in Northern Ireland in his Hurricane Z3781. The wreckage of his plane was found near Maughold on the Isle of Man and it is thought that he crashed due to poor weather conditions.

Buried Glades House, Brookwood Cemetery, Cemetery Pales, Brookwood, Woking, Surrey GU24 0BL, UK

Body later recovered for burial at Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2018 08:35:23 Emily Changes to unit associations
Sources

Removed 4th Fighter Group association as Mamedoff was Killed in Action before the group was formed.

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2018 16:33:30 Lucy May Changes to biography and events
Sources

http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/Mamedoff.htm
https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2667710/mamedoff,-andrew-b./
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/17665013

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2018 17:07:09 Lucy May Changes to events
Sources

http://digitalcommons.bryant.edu/mamedoff_war/
http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/Mamedoff.htm
https://connecticuthistory.org/a-connecticut-daredevil-joins-englands-ro...

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2015 22:55:06 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Mamedoff

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2015 22:51:20 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Mamedoff

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