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Frank Edward Hanton

Admitted to:

Field Hospital. Portsmouth Hospital (23/07/44). Basingstoke Neurological and Plastic Surgery Hospital (26/07/44).

Date of Injury:

18/07/1944

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

23

Cause of Incident:

Enemy Action. Spitfire caught alight due to enemy fire.

Transferred to QVH:

22/08/1944

Injuries:

Burns to face, neck, chest and arms.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

1



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:

Frank Edward

Surname:

Hanton

Service No:

J10116

Nationality:

Canadian


Awards/Honours:

DFC, American Air Medal

Patient Unit:

400 Sqn

Profession:

Pilot

Patient Rank:

Flt Lt

Death:

16/04/2002

Age at Death:

81yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Hanton joined the RCAF in 1940 and swiftly rose through the ranks to Squadron Leader. He was hit by anti-aircraft fire in July 1944, while on a photographic surveillance operation, and nearly made it back to base before his plane exploded at 600ft. He bailed out, suffering extensive injuries to his shoulders, back and legs, along with severe facial burns.
He returned to flying after his treatment at QVH.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

As For the Canadians' By Rita Donovan.
'Battle Scars', Jay Branch, The Guinea Pig, July 1994, pp. 16-7.

References:

'Frank Hanton, DFC', The Guinea Pig, January 2003, p. 2.



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2751.93 - black and white portrait photograph of Hanton.