Andy Mamedoff was one of the first American pilots to fly with the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain. Initially Mamedoff came to Europe to fly for Finland during their winter war against Russia in 1940. Arriving too late for that war he joined the French Air Force towards the end of the Battle of France. When France fell he and 2 other Americans journeyed to Britain to join the RAF. He was one of the founding members of No. 71 "Eagle" Squadron in September 1940. He was killed in October 1941.