Field Hospital. Portsmouth Hospital (23/07/44). Basingstoke Neurological and Plastic Surgery Hospital (26/07/44).
|Date of Injury:
|D.O.B/Age when admitted:
|Cause of Incident:
Enemy Action. Spitfire caught alight due to enemy fire.
|Transferred to QVH:
Burns to face, neck, chest and arms.
|No. of Operations at East Grinstead:
This is to certify that the patient mentioned below and whose description is stated hereon is the authorised holder of this Identity card.
DFC, American Air Medal
|Age at Death:
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.