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Top Flying Aces of World War I – 11

Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor

Photo credit: Imperial War Museum, UK

Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor (1894-1921) was South Africa’s top flying ace during the First World War.

After the outbreak of war in 1914, Beauchamp-Proctor served with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Rifles in the German South-West Africa campaign.

He received an honorable discharge in 1915, but he returned to university before enlisting with the Royal Flying Corps in March 1917.

He won all of his 54 victories in 1918 and was awarded the Victoria Cross the next year.

He was killed in a flight training accident in 1921.

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