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Arthur John Banham

Admitted to:

Rummwood Court, Maidstone.

Date of Injury:

15/10/1940

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

27

Cause of Incident:

Enemy Action. Shot down in a Hurricane over Kent. Bailed out.

Transferred to QVH:

20/10/1940

Injuries:

Burns to face, hands, midsection and neck.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

1



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:

Arthur John

Surname:

Banham

Service No:

37565

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

227 Sqn

Profession:

Pilot

Patient Rank:

Sqn Ldr

Death:

13/08/1987

Age at Death:

74yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Banham joined the RAF in 1936 and was one of the first pilots on active service to fly a Spitfire.

After his treatment, Banham worked for the Air Ministry for a while before flying night operations in Beaufighters in 1943. He then had command posts in Malta, and Naples and Ancona in Italy.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

'Fighter Boys' by Patrick Bishop.

'The lucky Arthur John Banham', RAF Benevolent Fund blog, 26 August 2015, https://www.rafbf.org/news-and-blogs/lucky-arthur-john-banham

References:

'John Banham', The Guinea Pig, New Year 1988, p. 8.