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Edward George Buller

Admitted to:

HMS Faulkner SQ.

Date of Injury:

20/06/1943

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

09/01/1921 (22)

Cause of Incident:

Crashed in a Liberator on ops near Gibraltar due to running out of fuel.

Transferred to QVH:

28/06/1943

Injuries:

Lacerations to face.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

2



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 George

Surname:

Buller

Service No:

1253978

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

86 Sqn

Profession:

Wireless Op/Air Gunner

Patient Rank:

FS

Death:

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Age at Death:

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Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Buller entered the RAF in 1940 and received Air Gunnery training. He was part of the teams searching the North Sea for crews that had crashed in the sea during raids the night before. He spent thirteen months on air sea rescue, finding seven dinghies with thirty-six men, many of them members of the same unit as fellow Guinea Pig Alois Siska.

He was posted to Aldergrove, Northern Ireland, on long-range missions. On Friday 20 June, 1943, his aircraft was sent 900 miles south, and fuel ran dangerously low. It wasn't possible to make it to Gibraltar or Portugal and they had to ditch into the sea, in front of the convoy they were escorting. He and his crew were picked up the Royal Navy.

Glossary:

SQ - Sick Quarters

Further Reading:

'How I Became a Guinea Pig', E. G. Buller, The Guinea Pig, July 1985, pp. 8-10.

References:




East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2751.4 - black and white portrait photo outside a hut