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Edward John Perry

Admitted to:

RAF Hospital Northallerton. RAF Hospital Rauceby (07/09/44).

Date of Injury:

31/08/1944

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

25/07/1925 (20)

Cause of Incident:

Crashed on take off in a Halifax after starboard engine cut out. Aircraft then exploded.

Transferred to QVH:

07/04/1946

Injuries:

Burns to face and hands.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

14



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 John

Surname:

Perry

Service No:

3030804

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

No.1 PHU, RAF Innsworth

Profession:

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Patient Rank:

FS

Death:

07/08/2017

Age at Death:

92yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Born in Dartmouth, Devon.

Perry joined the Air Training Corps at 16, and volunteered for aircrew at 18. Due to his engineering training, he trained as a flight engineer and joined with a Canadian crew.

His Halifax exploded at 300ft as it took off from RAF Topcliffe, Yorkshire, and he was thrown from the plane.

Glossary:

PHU - Personnel Holding Unit

Further Reading:

'The Pioneering Surgeon who Healed Men Scarred by War, A New Monument Created in His Honour - and the Remarkable Twist of Fate That Links Them', Harry de Quetteville, The Daily Telegraph, 30 May 2014, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-two/10865297/The-pioneering-surgeon-who-healed-men-scarred-by-war-a-new-monument-created-in-his-honour-and-the-remarkable-twist-of-fate-that-links-them.html.
'Father, friend, mentor and Guinea Pig!', Andrew Perry, RAF Benevolent Fund blog, 19 June 2016, https://www.rafbf.org/news-and-blogs/father-friend-mentor-and-guinea-pig
"His burns never bothered me but people did stare", Mary Perry, RAF Benevolent Fund blog, 3 August 2016, https://www.rafbf.org/news-and-blogs/his-burns-never-bothered-me-people-did-stare.

References:

"People coming towards you would weep and cry or walk on the other side of the road", RAF Benevolent Fund blog, 25 July 2016, https://www.rafbf.org/news-and-blogs/people-coming-towards-you-would-weep-and-cry-or-walk-other-side-road



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2751.63 - Set of five images of members of the Guinea Pig Club, including Perry
EGRTM 2751.113 - Black and white photograph of Perry smoking a pipe
EGRTM 2752 - Two photographs, 1946 and 2009, of Perry and two other Guinea Pigs
EGRTM 2755.8 - Photograph of the QVH Football Team, 1946, including Perry
EGRTM 2773.309 - Group photograph from visit to RAF Abingdon, 1990, arranged by Perry
EGRTM 2773.343 - Group photograph from 1993 Marchwood Park Reunion, including Perry
EGRTM 2776 - Photographs of members of the Guinea Pig Club, including Perry, receiving the Soldiering On Award for Lifetime Achievement, 2015.