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Douglas Vince

Admitted to:

RAF Hospital Ely.

Date of Injury:

21/02/1945

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

22

Cause of Incident:

Doug joined the RAF when just 19 years as flight engineer. Enemy Action. Shot down by enemy fighter on return from ops.

Transferred to QVH:

01/11/1945

Injuries:

Burn to right hand.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

1



IDENTITY CARD

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Forename:

Douglas

Surname:

Vince

Service No:

1800871

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

PHU, RAF Innsworth

Profession:

Flight Engineer

Patient Rank:

FS

Death:

18.01.2022

Age at Death:

98yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Vince joined the RAF as aircrew at 19 years old, training as a flight engineer.

On return from a mission in Germany, Vince's crew noticed a German fighter had followed them back. As the Stirling came into land, the German fighter fired on them, causing the plane to catch fire. They managed to land safely, and all but one escaped the fire alive.

Glossary:

PHU - Personnel Holding Unit

Further Reading:

References:

"I remember my mother coming into the ward and asking which one is my son", RAF Benevolent Fund blog, 20 July 2016, https://www.rafbf.org/news-and-blogs/i-remember-my-mother-coming-ward-and-asking-which-one-my-son