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War hero, 99, who survived a Nazi assassination attempt and plane crash beats coronavirus


A WAR hero aged 99 who survived a Nazi assassination attempt, a plane crash and breast cancer has beaten Covid-19.

Joy Andrew fought off the virus in her care home where up to 30 others have died.

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Her daughter Michele said her mum tested positive for Covid-19 in May.

She added: “The home rang me to say she was at end of life. She wasn’t speaking, eating or drinking. For two days her life hung in the balance as she was nursed by a team.”

But Joy — a wartime member of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force serving in Bomber Command — summoned her fighting spirit and recovered.

Michele said of Joy, who suffers dementia: “My mother survived an assassination attempt in post-war Germany by her chauffeur, later identified as a Nazi.

“She also survived crash landing in the desert as one of BOAC’s first air hostesses. She was rescued by Bedouins.

“And she survived breast cancer.

“She certainly wasn’t going to let coronavirus defeat her.”

Joy’s two nieces, four great nephews and nieces and thirteen great-great nephews and nieces safely helped her celebrate.

The owners of Minster Grange care home in York declined to confirm how many residents had died from Covid-19.

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