DENIS ANDREWS and his wife Marjory were well loved and well respected residents of Shiplake for 50 years.
He was born on June 2, 1921 in Fulford, York. He was very bright but university was expensive so he started work in 1939 and then joined the RAF, reporting to Lord’s cricket ground — a great excitement for a Yorkshireman’s first visit to London.
Denis trained at Cranwell and due to his excellent maths was made a navigator.
The war changed his life. He travelled widely — to Canada and North Africa, spending time in French Morocco.
He was stationed near Brindisi, where his Beaufighter squadron flew sorties across the Adriatic and deep into Yugoslavia. This was not a place to bail out — the aircrews were warned that they would receive brutal treatment if captured by the murderous Partisans. They also attacked German shipping operating out of Yugoslav harbours.