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Douglas McCallum Stephen

Admitted to:

RAF Thorney Island SSQ. St.Richards Hospital, Chichester.

Date of Injury:

03-04/05/44

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

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Cause of Incident:

Enemy Action. Lancaster caught alight due to fire from enemy fighter.

Transferred to QVH:

Injuries:

Burns to hands and face.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

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IDENTITY CARD

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Forename:

Douglas McCallum

Surname:

Stephen

Service No:

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Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

550 Sqn

Profession:

Navigator

Patient Rank:

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Death:

08/07/1999

Age at Death:

77yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Stephen was a navigator with 550 Sqn. On the night of 3rd and 4th of May 1944, his squadron was part of a Bomber Command Force of 300 attacking Mailly-Le-Camp, northern France. On the return run, they faced German fighters. Stephen's Lancaster was set ablaze though the crew were able to eventually put out the fires. His hands were badly burned but he navigated them back to England where they made a forced belly landing at Ford airfield, West Sussex.
He spent several months at QVH before returning to operational flying.

Glossary:

SSQ - Station Sick Quarters

Further Reading:

As For the Canadians' By Rita Donovan

References:

'Douglas Stephen', The Guinea Pig, July 2000, p. 3.