For Valour

A third of 84 Squadron’s Great War victories fell to just one pilot… Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor. Graham Pitchfork tells his story


South African-born Andrew Frederick Weatherby Beauchamp-Proctor served in the German South-West African campaign before travelling to England in the spring of 1917, to train as a pilot. After gaining his ‘wings’ that July he joined 84 Squadron, which was equipped with the SE.5A. The unit moved to France in September 1917 and by the end of the year Proctor had claimed two enemy observation balloons and two enemy aircraft destroyed.

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