Captain Andy Anderson
It is with sadness we learn that Andy has passed away. Though gratefully his passing, aged 97, was peaceful at his home in Perth, Australia on 13th May 2020. My sincere condolences go out to his wife Carol, son Chris (BUA Maintenance), family, friends and former colleagues.
Andy's career spanned the world of Military and Civil, having served in WWII he racked up 28,000 flying hours by his retirement; the VC10 being is favourite a/c to fly.
After the war Andy returned to the UK and joined Airwork Ltd in 1949, having spent the in between years flying for Australian National Airways. He retired from BCal in 1975 having seen service through many name changes such as Transair, BUA and BCal.
He flew Vikings for Airwork, and then Viscounts, Brits and the VC10 for BUA and then finally the 707 when it became BCAL. Andy was one of the skippers assigned to the famous Freddy Laker Rolls Royce route proving tour of Africa.
Andy moved on to Kuwait Airways, simply to make a bit of extra money for my final retirement in 1982, as the 707 Chief Training Captain and finished his days back on the line flying the 747 as Kuwait Airways fleet manager.
Andy and wife Carol, a former BUA f/a retired home to Margaret River, Western Australia where they both ran a very successful restaurant before returning to Perth Western Australia.
On 10th June 2015 Andy was awarded the Legion d'Honneur medal for his service during the Second World War by the French Ambassador to Australia.
Based in Plymouth, Andy flew Sunderland Flying Boats for Sqn 10 of the RAAF hunting down the U-Boat wolf packs.
To the right a photo of Andy, with his Legion d'Honneur medal (red ribbon).
Service arrangements will follow once made
Sadly due to Corona, attendance may not be possible.
From Bob Cooper : Such sad news, sincere condolences to the family. RIP Captain Andy
From Graham Lambert : RIP my friend, you’ve got your own golden wings , go fly my friend!!!
From Valerie Armstrong: RIP a lovely lovely man x
From Tony Rider: Sad News. Condolences to Chris & family. Fly High Andy RIP
From Caron Phillips: RIP Captain and my condolences to his family and friends
From Sally Simmonds: RIP Sir, and many thoughts to Chris and family.
From Fee Flee : So very sad so sorry Fly Free Andy x
From Jenny Thomas : How sad - another lovely gentleman gone RIP
From Susie Douglas-Smith : Safe final journey Andy
From Geoff Firmin: So sorry to hear this news, a lovely man, condolences to Carol, Chris and the family
From Trevor Warburton : So sad to hear of Andy’s passing...I remember him well. A respected Fine Airman
From Liz Lockhart-Mure
So sad to hear about Andy... I remember him so well from Kenya days...he often used to visit the family farm when he was in a Nairobi. Such a gentleman such fond memories.
If you would like to leave a message in remembrance please drop me a line anytime at BCalatribute@outlook.com
Condolences have also been extended by:
Dave Thaxter, Kris Massie, Lindsay Smith, Christine Jegu, Stella Bassett, Peter Durran, Tina Harvey, Julie Nuttall, Laurie Evans, Brian Buchanan Aitchison, Pat Cresswell, Riaz Butt, Daphne Hemmings, Jackie Herbert, Debbie Dean,
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