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Derek Martin

Admitted to:

West Highland Cottage Hospital, Oban.

Date of Injury:

15/03/1941

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

04/07/1920 (21)

Cause of Incident:

Crashed on landing in a Sunderland - calm water meant misjudged height.

Transferred to QVH:

22/04/1941

Injuries:

Lacerations to face, fractured skull, so badly injured assumed dead.

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:

Derek Dudley

Surname:

Martin

Service No:

42047

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

OBE

Patient Unit:

210 Sqn

Profession:

Pilot

Patient Rank:

Fg Off

Death:

03/04/2014

Age at Death:

93

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Assigned to escorting convoys and anti-U-boat operations, out of Oban, Scotland.

Martin crashed in the water off Oban. He was saved by a rescue boat and assumed dead, before being taken to hospital. He returned to active service after his treatment at QVH, going on to be Chief of Staff of the 20,000 strong force in the Cocos Islands in preparation for an Allied assault of Singapore.

One of McIndoe's first patients and a founding member of the Club.

Funeral held 25/04/2014.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

'McIndoe's Army' By Edward Bishop.
'The Webfooted Guinea Pig' By Derek Martin.

'Night Flight' by Derek Martin, The Guinea Pig, August 1950.
'Curriculum Vitae', The Guinea Pig, July 1986, p. 21.
Obituary Museum Collection.
Scottish Saltire Aircrew Association. Founder Member Of An Exclusive Club. Museum Collection.

http://www.aircrew-saltire.org/lib213.html

References:

'How I Became A Guinea Pig', Derek Martin, The Guinea Pig, July 1984, pp. 22-4.
'Guinea Pigs on Parade', The Guinea Pig, New Year 1980, pp. 24-5.