Spitfire hero Andrew ‘was life of the party’
A GUILDFORD war veteran who spent 18 months in a German prisoner-of-war camp after being shot down from his Spitfire over France has died aged 96.
Andrew Morgan was a Spitfire pilot during the Second World War with the Glasgow 602 squadron, and flew as Pierre Clostermann’s wingman after training in Florida, USA.
Mr Morgan was shot down flying over France on December 21, 1943 and taken prisoner by a troop of Germans, spending 18 months as a prisoner of war at Stalag IV-B.
Fittingly, a Spitfire from Boultbee Academy performed an aerial display over Puttenham Golf Club, his “home from home”, following his death.
Born in Fife, Scotland, he was the son of a barber and the second youngest of 12 children.
He briefly played football for Fulham, before being recruited by Guildford City and moving to the town in 1954.
He has lived in Guildford since and was a cathedral steward for nearly 30 years, a member of the Curtain Raisers amateur dramatics group and played golf at the Puttenham and clubs.
He married wife Nita in 1950 after the pair met at a dance in London. Family members said Mr Morgan was ‘left devastated’ when she died in 2014.
He visited Buckingham Palace in 2015 to mark 100th anniversary of the Blind Veterans’ Association after losing his own sight in 2001.
His daughter, Isabelle Fisher, described him as an entertainer and always the ‘life and soul of any party’. Guildford
She said: “He and a couple of other very fit young prisoners were told by the German officers that they were to be taken to a cottage hospital for diphtheria.
“Medical experiments were performed on them to test the human capability for coping with pain and deprivation. Weeks with no food and foraging for water, shut in complete darkness.
“He remembered standing freezing naked in the snow.
“The dark always scared him, so it was tragic when he lost his eyesight.”
Mrs Fisher added: “My favourite memory [was when] I had a new boyfriend for lunch.
I told my parents to stay out of the way, suddenly a scruffy gardener with a string of onions round his neck appears at the dining room window, asking if madam needed any onions! Always the joker.”
Mrs Fisher added that the family would like to thank everyone who has paid their respects.
Andrew (circled in red) with his Glasgow 602 squadron