RAF Hospital Rauceby. RAF Hospital Ely (05/03/42).
|Date of Injury:
|D.O.B/Age when admitted:
|Cause of Incident:
Crashed in a Hampden awaiting take off. Another aircraft collided with the Hampden and ignited their fuel and bomb load.
|Transferred to QVH:
Burns to face and hands.
|No. of Operations at East Grinstead:
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|Age at Death:
Standen's Hampden bomber was waiting for take-off on the runway for a mine-laying operation when another Hampden taxied by and the wingtips of the two planes met. Both planes were set ablaze by the resulting static electricity discharge. Despite his injuries, Standen managed to get free of the aircraft and flung himself to ground just before the explosives blew.
Cartoonist, editor of The Guinea Pig (1947-82, except 1957-62).
Received MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 1982, in recognition of his services as editor of The Guinea Pig.
1978 Freeman of the City of London.