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George Ernest Beauchamp

Admitted to:

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

Date of Injury:

29/01/1943

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

24

Cause of Incident:

Crashed in a Wellington returning from night ops.

Transferred to QVH:

16/02/1943

Injuries:

Burns to arms and legs.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

4



IDENTITY CARD

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Forename:

George Ernest

Surname:

Beauchamp

Service No:

R101949

Nationality:

Canadian


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

420 Sqn

Profession:

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Patient Rank:

Sgt

Death:

2003

Age at Death:

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Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Beauchamp's crew were on a bombing run to Brest which was called off due to heavy cloud. As they were doing a circuit over Exeter airfield in the low cloud, they were nearly hit by another plane. The fuel and ammunition immediately exploded and their Wellington broke apart.
Beauchamp was taken to Exeter Hospital, suffering from third degree burns over most of his body. He and fellow crewmate Hank Ernst were later transferred to QVH.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

'As For the Canadians' By Rita Donovan

References:

'How Hank Ernst Became a Guinea Pig', Hank Ernst and Fred Bagley, The Guinea Pig, July 2000, pp. 12-6.
'George E. Beauchamp', The Guinea Pig, January 2004, p. 3.