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David Hunt

Admitted to:

Billericay Hospital.

Date of Injury:

03/09/1940

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

26/08/1919

Cause of Incident:

Accident. Explosion in Hurricane fuel tank. Bailed out.

Transferred to QVH:

October 1940

Injuries:

Burns to face.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

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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:

David W.

Surname:

Hunt

Service No:

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Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

257 Sqn

Profession:

Pilot

Patient Rank:

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Death:

2002

Age at Death:

82yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Born in Wolverhampton.

Joined the RAF August 1939.

On 3 September 1940, his plane struggled to start but he caught up with his squadron in the air. As he came into formation his fuel tank exploded. His hood was jammed and he used the instrument panel for more leverage before he could get out. He came down in a garden, narrowly missing a greenhouse, while his plane crashed into a railway embankment near Margaretting, south of Chelmsford, Essex.

Returned to active duty after treatment, left RAF in 1945.

Moved to New Zealand in 1967.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

References:

'Guinea Pigs on Parade', The Guinea Pig, July 1980, pp. 37-8.
'How I Became A Guinea Pig - From David Hunt', The Guinea Pig, July 1988, pp. 22-3.
'Guinea Pigs on Parade', Don Grady, The Guinea Pig, July 1998, p. 38.
'David Hunt', The Guinea Pig, July 2002, pp. 2-3.
EGRTM 2842.98 Standing alone in evening suit.