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The most successful British two-seater of the war was the Bristol Fighter, when flown like a fighter it was the equal of any single seater but with the added benefit of a gun to protect the pilot's back. Andrew Edward McKeever was the highest scoring ace to fly this aircraft. Andrew McKeever was born and raised in Elma Township. He enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1916 but, attracted by the life of the fighter pilot, transferred to Britain's Royal Flying Corps once he was overseas. From May 1917 to January 1918 McKeever was posted to the 11th Squadron on the Western Front. An outstanding operator of the two-seater Bristol Fighter, he, with his various observers or gunners, shot down some 30 enemy aircraft during reconnaissance
Edward McKeever - Bristol F2B Fighter
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missions and offensive patrols, earning the Military Cross For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, particularly when on offensive patrol. He attacked eight enemy aircraft single-handed at close range, and by his splendid dash and determination destroyed one and drove five down completely out of control. He had previously shown exceptional fearlessness in attacking the enemy when in superior numbers, and in the space of three weeks he destroyed eight hostile machines, setting a fine example to his squadron." MC citation, London Gazette, September 17, 1917. He later earned a Bar (DFC), the Distinguished Service Order for his "conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty" and the Croix de Guerre.At the end of the war, McKeever returned home where, on Christmas Day, 1919 he died as the result of complications from a broken leg after sustaining injuries in a car accident.