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Geoffrey Tiplady

Admitted to:

RAF Hospital Ely.

Date of Injury:

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D.O.B/Age when admitted:

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Cause of Incident:

Crashed in a Wellington on training sortie.

Transferred to QVH:

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Injuries:

Burns to face and neck. Loss of finger.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

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IDENTITY CARD

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Forename:

Geoffrey W.

Surname:

Tiplady

Service No:

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Nationality:

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Patient Unit:

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Profession:

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Patient Rank:

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Death:

21/01/2000

Age at Death:

74yrs

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Notes:

Both engines of Tiplady's Wellington stopped working during a training flight. The plane was falling too fast to parachute out, so the crew took up crash positions. The pilot managed to direct the plane into a crash landing in a long field, which they scraped along before hitting a tree. The bombs they were carrying exploded on impact, and fire swept through the plane. The metal of the escape hatch was red hot, but they got through, fell off the wing and rolled in the grass to put out their flight suits, before getting away from the plane.
Tiplady received burns to one side of his face and neck, and severed one of his little fingers.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

'Geoffrey W. Tiplady', Geoff Barber, The Guinea Pig, January 2001, p. 5.

References:

'Geoffrey W. Tiplady', Roy Nelson, The Guinea Pig, July 2000, p. 2.
'A Day I Shall Always Remember', Geoff Tiplady, The Guinea Pig, January 2001, p. 4.