Andrew William Bloomer entered the Royal Navy as a Special Entry cadet on 1 September 1938 serving as a midshipman in HMS EREBUS (December 1938) and HMS VINDICTIVE (August 1939). Virtually the whole of his service was with the Fleet Air Arm. His service, from 1938-1956 may be summarised as follows: No 24 EFTS (Sealand, England September - November 1942), No 31 SFTS (Kingston, Canada December 1942 - April 1943), No 9 AFU (Errol, England June - July 1943), No 2 NAFS (Henstridge, July - October 1943), No 8 NAS (October 1943 - February 1944), No 807 NAS (February 1944 - January 1945, including service in Italy based at Orvieto in July 1944, where he took part in Operations 'Dragon' - the Allied landings in southern France on 15 August 1944 - and 'Picnic' in the Aegean in October 1944). Bloomer was CO of No 809 NAS (January 1945 - January 1946 in operations in Burma including Operations 'Dracula', the recapture of Rangoon, March - April 1945, and 'Zipper', the re-occupation of Malaya and Singapore, August - September 1945), of No 806 NAS (January - October 1946) and of No 810 NAS (June 1952 - December 1953, including service in Korea based on the aircraft carrier HMS OCEAN, April - October 1953); It was during this tour of active service that he was awarded the DSC. His last appointment before retirement (1955-56) was as Commander (Air) in HMS Heron (RNAS Yeovilton).
Medals awarded to Commander Andrew William Bloomer DSC RN.