RAF Hospital Halton
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Crashed on take off in a Wellington on a training sortie.
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|No. of Operations at East Grinstead:|
This is to certify that the patient mentioned below and whose description is stated hereon is the authorised holder of this Identity card.
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Shankland enlisted in 1941 and was sent to South Africa to train as an Observer. He ended up flying in Stirling bombers out of Chedburgh, Suffolk as a Radio/Navigator/Bomb Aimer in 214 Sqn. He completed a tour of operations with a couple of near misses, before becoming an instructor with various Operational Training Units. On one of these trips, both engines on his Wellington failed and they crashed into a forest. He initially received treatment at RAF Halton Hospital before being transferred to QVH.Glossary:
OTU - Operational Training Unit