Maj Harold Norman “Andy” Andrews, DFM and Bar (Ret'd)
Andy was originally a member of the Royal Engineers who was evacuated from Dunkirk, France as part of the British Expeditionary Force in June 1940. In 1942, he transferred to the Glider Pilot Regiment and is believed to be one of only four glider pilots who survived all four main glider operations in WW II in Europe.
Andy was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal for his courage and precision flying in the invasion of Sicily in 1943. He then participated in the 6th Airborne Division D-Day landings. His third major operation was Operation MARKET GARDEN in Arnhem in Holland where he received a Bar to his DFM for his skilled and courageous flying into the landing zone. His last major operation was supporting the capture of bridges over the River Ijssel near Hamminkeln in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany where his glider disintegrated on landing but none of the troops were seriously hurt.
Andy immigrated to Canada in 1953 and joined the Royal Canadian Engineers where he served in various appointments in Chilliwack and Vancouver.