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Colin Hodgkinson

Admitted to:

POW. Returned to UK (16/09/44).

Date of Injury:

24/11/1943

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

24yrs. DOB. 11.02.1920

Cause of Incident:

Enemy Action. Shot down in Spitfire over France. Came down in a field in Audiemethum, near St. Omer.

Transferred to QVH:

16/10/1944

Injuries:

Laceration to face. Fractured jaw.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

4



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:

Colin

Surname:

Hodgkinson

Service No:

129621

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

---

Patient Unit:

PHU, RAF Morecambe

Profession:

Pilot

Patient Rank:

Flt Lt

Death:

13/09/1996

Age at Death:

76yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

A pre-war flying accident led to Hodgkinson losing both his legs. Despite this, he persuaded the RAF to take him on as a pilot and he flew Spitfires until he was taken prisoner after a crash in France.

Glossary:

PHU - Personnel Holding Unit

Further Reading:

Best Foot Forward' By Colin Hodgkinson.
'Guinea Pigs on Parade', The Guinea Pig, July 1984, p. 39.
Obituary 21.09.1996 Colin 'Hoppy' Hodgkinson

References:

'Colin Hodgkinson', The Guinea Pig, January 1997, p. 3.



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2751.98 - Black and white portrait photograph of Hodgkinson in black tie
EGRTM 2814.108-110 - Newspaper articles detailing Hodgkinson's story, c. 1942.