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Edward Dorian Roberts

Admitted to:

RAF Hospital Ely.

Date of Injury:

03/03/1945

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

25

Cause of Incident:

Enemy Action. Shot down in a Halifax on return from ops by a JU-88. Landed in open field as plane disintegrated.

Transferred to QVH:

23/07/1946

Injuries:

Burns to face.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

3



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:

Edward Dorian

Surname:

Roberts

Service No:

184981

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

No.2 RAF MRU

Profession:

Pilot

Patient Rank:

Fg Off

Death:

15/05/2001

Age at Death:

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Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

On return from an operation over the North Sea, Roberts was coming in to land at RAF Foulsham when enemy fighters appeared overhead. He aborted the landing and circled round, his Halifax getting attacked from beneath, which took out both inner engines. One crew member managed to successfully parachute out before the plane was too low. Roberts struggled to retain stability, as the instrument panel was destroyed in a second attack, and made a belly-landing in a large field. The plane burst into flames and was almost completely destroyed, with two survivors who were dragged to safety by locals.
Roberts suffered a fractured spine and burns, and didn't regain consciousness for two weeks. He was treated at RAF Ely before transferring to QVH, and was discharged from the RAF in 1947.

Glossary:

MRU - Military Rehabilitation Unit

Further Reading:

References:

'Guinea Pigs on Parade', The Guinea Pig, New Year 1977, pp. 24-5.
'How I Became a Guinea Pig', E.D. (Robbie) Roberts, The Guinea Pig, July 1999, pp. 6-7.
'Stop Press', The Guinea Pig, July 2001, p. 7.
'Edwin D. Roberts', Doug Vince, The Guinea Pig, January 2002, p. 4.



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2751.64 - Set of five images of members of the Guinea Pig Club, including Roberts