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Douglas James Hicks

Admitted to:

POW. Magdeburge (08/03/45). Interrogation Centre, Frankfurt (12/03/45). POW Camp, Wetzlar (13/03/45). RAF Hospital Cosford (04/04/45)

Date of Injury:

07/03/1945

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

01/12/1925 (19)

Cause of Incident:

Enemy Action. Shot down in Lancaster over Germany by enemy flak, bailed out.

Transferred to QVH:

09/04/1945

Injuries:

Burns to forehead.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

2



IDENTITY CARD

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Forename:

Douglas

Surname:

Hicks

Service No:

R285802

Nationality:

Canadian


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

550 Sqn, R Depot, RCAF Warrington

Profession:

Air Gunner

Patient Rank:

FS

Death:

16/08/2014

Age at Death:

88

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

On the way to an operation over Dessau, Hicks' plane was hit by enemy fire and the pilot gave the order to jump. From his turret in the rear of the plane, Hicks could see streaks of flame, and had to remove his left glove to disconnect his oxygen and intercom connectors. He opened the turret doors and fell backwards out of the aircraft, before realising that his foot was caught in the plane and he was being buffeted by the slipstream. The plane exploded, freeing his foot, at the same time he pulled his ripcord, and he landed safely.
He went through a number of POW facilities before being repatriated.

The youngest of the Guinea Pigs.

Glossary:

R Depot - Repatriation Depot

Further Reading:

As For the Canadians' By Rita Donovan

References:

'Guinea Pigs on Parade', The Guinea Pig, New Year 1990, p. 44.
'How I Became a Guinea Pig', D.J. Hicks, The Guinea Pig, July 1999, pp. 8-9.