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George Dennis Ivor Neale

Admitted to:

RAF Tangmere SSQ. Royal West Sussex Hospital, Chichester (15/01/43).

Date of Injury:

14/01/1943

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

16/02/1920 (23)

Cause of Incident:

Crashed on landing in a Defiant. Landed on by another aircraft.

Transferred to QVH:

19/01/1943

Injuries:

Facial injuries. Fractured arm.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

7



IDENTITY CARD

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Forename:

George Dennis Ivor

Surname:

Neale

Service No:

550892

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

RAF Shoreham

Profession:

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Patient Rank:

FS

Death:

November 2007

Age at Death:

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Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

On return to base, they were followed by German pilots. The runway lights remained off, and while Neale's plane landed safely, the one behind them failed to do so, landing on top of them. The propeller of the second aircraft sliced through the plane and Neale's face.
A month later, Neale came out of his coma, and was eventually transferred to QVH, where he stayed to two years as McIndoe put his face back together. His right eye was too badly damaged to get a bone graft.

Glossary:

SSQ - Station Sick Quarters

Further Reading:

References:

'The Guinea Pigs', Britain at War, March 2009, p. 32.
EGRTM 2842.27 Group photograph, reunion.
EGRTM 2849.1 Black & white photograph with beer in hand.