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Dennis Taylor

Admitted to:

POW. German Military Hospital, Amsterdam. Berlin POW Camp. Stalag VIII B. No.6 PRC RAF Cosford (09/04/45).

Date of Injury:

01/06/1942

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

24

Cause of Incident:

Enemy action. Hit by enemy flak in a Wellington on ops. Crashed into the sea.

Transferred to QVH:

30/08/1945

Injuries:

Shrapnel wounds to face.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

8



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:

Dennis

Surname:

Taylor

Service No:

1034198

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

---

Patient Unit:

No.4 MRU , RAF Cosford

Profession:

Observer

Patient Rank:

WO

Death:

03/06/1995

Age at Death:

74yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Taylor was accepted into the RAF in January 1941, training as an observer, and he was posted to a Wellington squadron in December 1941.
On return from his third bombing run over Germany, his plane was shot down in flames off the Dutch coast. He, along with the rest of his crew, survived adrift on a dinghy for nine hours before being picked up by the Germans. Taylor received basic treatment for his shrapnel wounds, and was a prisoner of war for the next three years.
In January 1945, the Taylor was among the many that were forced to walk from the camps in Poland as Soviet forces pushed the Germans into retreat. In April, American troops liberated the camp Taylor was in north of Frankfurt, and Taylor returned to England.
Taylor left the RAF in 1947.

Taylor qualified as a member of the Goldfish Club, for those who came down in water, by escaping death via use of his emergency dinghy.

Known as "Tubby".

Glossary:

MRU - Military Rehabilitation Unit
PRC - Personnel Reception Centre

Further Reading:

'Who's Who in the Guinea Pig Club', The Guinea Pig, Christmas 1958, p. 46.

References:

'Denis (Tubby) Taylor', The Guinea Pig, New Year 1996, pp. 2-3.
EGRTM 2842.39 - Holding own tankard.
EGRTM 2842.38 - In swim suit.
EGRTM 2842.5 - In conversation.



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2747.1 - Photograph of Taylor in uniform, 1947
EGRTM 2747.2 - Photograph of Taylor with a dog
EGRTM 2751.67.1 - Set of five images of people associated with the Guinea Pig Club, including Taylor
EGRTM 2751.100 - Photograph of Taylor sat with fellow Guinea Pig Intepe.
EGRTM 2755.8 - Photograph of QVH Football Team 1946, including Taylor
EGRTM 2773.308 - Photograph of Taylor, poolside at a Guinea Pig Club event
EGRTM 2792.3 - Photograph of Taylor singing with Joan Regan at a Guinea Pig event, 1965