A woman who survived a Nazi assassination attempt, a horror plane crash, breast cancer and coronavirus has died just days after her 100th birthday.

Dementia-sufferer Joy Andrew celebrated reaching triple figures on November 22, only ten days before she passed away at her care home from frailty.

Following her death on Wednesday, Joy's only daughter Michele Andrew, 58, paid a heart-warming tribute.

She said: "My mother lived a life full of dramas, but saw her experiences as quite ordinary.

"She went into a steep decline after her 100th birthday, I think she had been hanging on for that event."

Michele added her mum's death was "peaceful" and that she was by her side at the end.

Earlier this year, the OAP defeated Covid-19 and decades earlier she played a vital role in the war effort working in the Operations' Room at Bomber Command.

Joy Andrew pictured in the 1940s

After the war Joy joined an occupation force and spent time in Germany, where she attended the Nuremberg trials and survived an attempt to take her life.

She then became an air hostess and was in the role when a plane she was travelling in crashed in Africa, killing one person.

Joy's husband died in 2013 and she lived her final years at Minster Grange Care Home in York, North Yorks.

Speaking only last week after her mum's birthday, Michele said: "I'm so proud of my mum for reaching her 100th birthday.

"She has lived the most colourful and amazing life and this milestone is another thing to add to her brilliant list of achievements."

Joy was born in north London in 1920 and raised there before joining the Women's Auxiliary Air Force as a sergeant during the war, where she served in the Operations' Room at Bomber Command.

Bomber Command controlled the RAF's bomber forces from 1936 to 1968 and is most remembered for the central role it played in the strategic bombing of Germany in World War II.

Joy celebrating her 99th birthday with her daughter

After the war, Joy joined the British Army of The Rhine, an occupation force in Germany created after both the first and second world wars.

She was posted to Dusseldorf where she lodged with an elderly couple who she became very friendly with, but who had a daughter who was a Nazi.

According to Michele, while in Germany, Joy, who was from a German Jewish family, was allocated a driver to take her wherever she wanted to go.

Michele said: "This included a trip to Berlin, where she wandered alone in the remains of the Reichstag.

"She also went to the Nuremberg Trials... this was obviously important to her."

Here Joy is pictured with her husband David Andrew

She added: "One day the driver picked her up and, en-route to the destination, deliberately crashed the car in an attempt to kill her.

"She still bears the scar on her face from the assassination attempt. The driver was arrested and turned out to be a Nazi."

After the war Joy joined the British Overseas Airways Corporation as one of the first air hostesses, which saw her travel internationally, especially in Africa.

Michele said: "One day the pilot made a dreadful mistake and flew off course, running out of fuel.

"The plane, a comet, crashed in Libya and broke upon impact.

"The crew survived but one passenger died. They were all stranded in the desert and rescued by Bedouins - a nomadic Arab of the desert."

Soon after that, in the 1950s, Joy married husband David Andrew, a Squadron Leader in the RAF, and in 1963 the couple adopted Michele.

In the 1970s Joy defeated breast cancer and she spent the subsequent decades as a housewife before David sadly succumbed to cancer himself in 2013.

Michele then moved her mum up from St Albans to North Yorkshire.

Despite suffering from dementia, Joy had lived at Minster Grange happily until she tested positive for Covid-19 on May 16.

She was placed on end of life care but care home staff watched on in disbelief over the subsequent weeks and months as Joy recalled the wartime spirit to "miraculously defeat" Covid-19.

Joy doesn't have any grandchildren but is survived by her two nieces, four great nephews and nieces and thirteen great, great nephews and nieces.

Her funeral will be held later this month.