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Alan Geoffrey Page

Admitted to:

RAF Hospital Torquay

Date of Injury:

12/08/1940

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

16/05/1920 (21)

Cause of Incident:

Enemy Action. Shot down in Spitfire.

Transferred to QVH:

29/11/1940

Injuries:

Burns to face and hands.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

17



IDENTITY CARD

This is to certify that the patient mentioned below and whose description is stated hereon is the authorised holder of this Identity card.


Forename:

Alan Geoffrey

Surname:

Page

Service No:

74709

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

DSO, OBE, DFC and bar

Patient Unit:

56 Sqn

Profession:

Pilot

Patient Rank:

Fg Off

Death:

03/08/2000

Age at Death:

80yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Page started flying through the London University Squadron, and joined the RAF in 1939. He was posted to 66 Spitfire Sqn, then 56 Hurricane Sqn. In 1940, he baled out suffering from extensive burns and gunshot wound when his plane was shot down over the English Channel. Despite continuing pain from his fingers, Page returned to flying in a non-operational capacity after his treatment at QVH, later passing as fit and joining a Spitfire Sqn. On one operation his plane was hit but Page managed to return to base and land with shrapnel pieces in his leg. In September 1944, his war ended when he crashed during the Battle of Arnhem and fractured his back.

Page was awarded an OBE as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June 1995, for founding the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and his work to provide a monument to commemorate the Battle of Britain on the White Cliffs of Dover.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

Shot Down in Flames' By Geoffrey Page.
'Tale of a Guinea Pig' By Geoffrey Page.
'McIndoe's Army' By Peter Williams and Ted Harrison.
'Fighter Boys' by Patrick Bishop.
Hurricane and Spitfire Pilots at War by Terence Kelly, p. 163.

'Who's Who in the Guinea Pig Club', The Guinea Pig, Christmas 1948, p. 40.
'Strange Encounters', Geoffrey Page, The Guinea Pig, July 1980, pp. 3-4.
'Book Review', The Guinea Pig, New Year 1982, pp. 7-9.
Article, East Grinstead Courier, 15th June 1991.
'Geoffrey Page, DSO, OBE, DFC and Bar 1920-2000, "The Bravest of the Brave"', The Guinea Pig, July 2001, pp. 6-7.
Article, Britain at War, March 2009.
'Forgotten Voices of the Second World War' By Max Arthur, The Telegraph, Supplement.

References:

'Birthday Honours List', The Guinea Pig, New Year 1996, p. 13.
'Geoffrey A. Page, DSO, DFC and Bar', The Guinea Pig, January 2001, pp. 2-3.



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2773.339 - Portrait photograph of Page with his wife
EGRTM 2773.679.2 - Headshot of Page as a young man
EGRTM 6599.31.10, .12, .31, .33 - Surgical drawings of Page produced by Miss M E Lentaigne, 1941 and 1942.