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Eric George Pearce

Admitted to:

Royal Hospital Haslar, Gosport (May 1945)

Date of Injury:

01/05/1945

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

01/07/1919

Cause of Incident:

Crashed on take off in a Sea Otter.

Transferred to QVH:

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Injuries:

Facial injuries. Loss of eye.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

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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:

Eric George

Surname:

Pearce

Service No:

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Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

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Profession:

Pilot

Patient Rank:

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Death:

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Age at Death:

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Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Pearce was a member of the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, based out of Lee-on-the-Solent, in an air-sea rescue squadron.

Pearce was reponsible for the test flight of the last Supermarine Sea Otter plane that the squadron recieved, replacing the Supermarine Walrus. He took the plane up and a connecting rod in the engine broke on take-off, leading to a headlong crash into the shingle bank between the runway and the Solent. The engine came lose and fell on the cabin, where Pearce was sat. He was pulled from the wreckage by a Naval Surgeon, and taken to Royal Hospital Haslar where he remained unconscious for six weeks.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

McIndoe's Army' By Edward Bishop.

References:

'Guinea Pigs on Parade', The Guinea Pig, New Year 1981, p. 40.
'Eric Pearce's Story', Eric Pearce, The Guinea Pig, July 1987, pp. 4-5.
'Eric Celebrates his 100th Birthday, Bob Marchant, East Grinstead Museum, 1 July 2019, https://www.eastgrinsteadmuseum.org.uk/eric-celebrates-his-100th-birthday/



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2751.66.2 - Set of five images of people connected to the Guinea Pig Club, including Pearce.