Grave: 21. A. 7.Isolated Burial
A standard Commonwealth Grave Commission (CWGC) inscribed gravestone.
Andrew “Andy” Mamedoff was one of the first Americans to serve with the British RAF and flew in the battle of Britain. Mamedoff was killed while transiting aircraft on the Isle of Man in 1941.
He joined the French Air Force towards the end of the Battle of France, but as France fell he came to England with his friends and fellow Americans Eugene Tobin and Vernon Keogh and joined the Royal Air Force in 1940.
After converting to the Spitfire, Mamedoff was posted to RAF Middle Wallop and joined No. 609 Squadron on 8 August 1940.
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 along with Art Donahue, Eugene Tobin and Vernon Keogh. He was posted to RAF Duxford in August 1941 to another "Eagle Squadron", No. 133 Squadron as a flight commander.
Death: 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.
From the CWGC Files:
FLIGHT LIEUTENANT ANDREW B. MAMEDOFF
Service Number: 81621
Regiment & Unit/Ship:Royal:
Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 133 (Eagle) Sqdn.
Date of Death: 08 October 1941
Son of Natalie Mamedoff, of Thompson, Connecticut, U.S.A.; husband of Alys Laird Mamedoff (nee Craven), of Westminster, London.
LOVE ALWAYS. PENNY AND MIMI
The text on the grave reads:
A. B. MAMEDOFF
ROYAL AIR FORCE
8 OCTOBER 1941
PENNY AND MIMI
133rd Eagle Squadron
609 Squadron , RAF
71st Eagle Squadron
Eagle Squadron (RAF)
Royal Air Force (RAF)
Royal Air Force - 139th Squadron
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Battle of Britain
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