26 June 1917 – Bristol fashion

A reconnaissance patrol from 11 Squadron RFC got into a fight today with mixed results.

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Andrew McKeever

Lieutenant Andrew Edward McKeever and 2nd Lieutenant Edward Francis Oakes in Bristol F2b A7144 and 2nd Lieutenant Peter Cunningham Ross and 2nd Class Air Mechanic W Woodward in A7154 were on patrol around 1845 when they were attacked by ten enemy aircraft. McKeever claimed to have shot down one and Ross two enemy Albatrosses out of control near Cambria.

Both aircraft then returned to the airfield, but Ross was found to have been shot in the heart and died of his wounds shortly afterwards.

McKeever was later credited with the victory, his first.

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