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Bernard Ridding

Admitted to:

RAF Manston SSQ.

Date of Injury:

18/02/1945

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

24

Cause of Incident:

Crashed on landing in a Mosquito.

Transferred to QVH:

18/02/1945

Injuries:

Burns to face, scalp and hands.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:



IDENTITY CARD

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Forename:

Bernard

Surname:

Ridding

Service No:

R65907

Nationality:

Canadian


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

406 Sqn

Profession:

Navigator

Patient Rank:

WO2

Death:

03/05/1996

Age at Death:

76yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Ridding enlisted in the RCAF in 1940, serving first in the Motor Transport section before remustering and training as a navigator.
On 18 February 1945, the landing gear on his plane failed as they returned from an op, forcing a belly landing at RAF Manston. Ridding managed to climb halfway out before it caught fire, leaving him with burns to his face, head and hands.
Ridding spent three months receiving treatment at QVH, under the care of Dr. Tilley, and in May he returned to Canada to finish healing.

Glossary:

SSQ - Station Sick Quarters

Further Reading:

As For the Canadians' By Rita Donovan

References:

'Bernard Ridding', The Guinea Pig, July 1998, p. 2.