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Harold Middleton Taubman

Admitted to:

St. Richards Hospital, Chichester.

Date of Injury:

07/09/1942

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

26

Cause of Incident:

Enemy action. Hit by cannon shell from a JU-88 on night ops.

Transferred to QVH:

09/09/1942

Injuries:

Shrapnel wounds to legs.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

5



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:

Harold Middleton

Surname:

Taubman

Service No:

411405

Nationality:

Australian


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

460 Sqn

Profession:

Observer

Patient Rank:

Sgt

Death:

2004

Age at Death:

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Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

During the night of 6 September 1942, Taubman and his crew dropped their load of incendiaries over industrial Duisberg, before they were fired on by a JU.88. The pilot dove through dense cloud to escape and continued until they reached French airspace. Over the course of the engagement, a cannon shell exploded in Taubman's turret, injuring his legs. and two other crewmembers were injured. They returned to Britain with no working navigational aids and were forced to make a belly landing on a coastal airfield.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

'21 Years On', Harold Taubman, The Guinea Pig, Summer 1964, pp. 29-30.
'Taubman Tells All', Harold Taubman, The Guinea Pig, Christmas 1972, pp. 25-6.

References:

'How I Became a Guinea Pig', Harold Taubman, The Guinea Pig, January 1998, pp. 24-5.