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Henry Standen

Admitted to:

RAF Hospital Rauceby. RAF Hospital Ely (05/03/42).

Date of Injury:

14/12/1941

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

29

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:

27/04/1942

Injuries:

Burns to face and hands.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

47



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:

Henry H.

Surname:

Standen

Service No:

1256690

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

MBE

Patient Unit:

83 Sqn

Profession:

Navigator

Patient Rank:

Sgt

Death:

23/01/1983

Age at Death:

70yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

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.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

McIndoe's Army' By Peter Williams and Ted Harrison.

'Tribute to Henry Standen', Edward Blacksell and Russell Davies, The Guinea Pig, Christmas 1957, p. 42.
Article, Sussex Life, November 1975.
'The Night I Called Out The Guard', The Guinea Pig, New Year 1977, pp. 9-10.
'A Personal Tribute', Jack Toper, The Guinea Pig, July 1983, pp. 3-4.
'A Strange Phenomenon', The Guinea Pig, New Year 1988, p. 32-3.

References:

'From the Chief Guinea Pig', Tom Gleave, The Guinea Pig, July 1983, p. 3.
1947 Editor of the Guinea Pig Magazine for 31 years.



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 903 - Standen's obituary in The Times, February 1983
EGRTM 914.2 - Guinea Pig Club brooch
EGRTM 914.3 - Set of magazines that Standen drew cartoons for
EGRTM 1374.433 - Set of miniature military medals owned by Standen
EGRTM 1374.579 - Portrait of Standen seated at his desk.
EGRTM 2751.122 - Photograph of Standen and another Guinea Pig at a bar
EGRTM 2773.342 - Photograph of a group at the Marchwood Reunion 1978, including Standen
EGRTM 2773.352 - Photograph of Standen meeting Prince Philip at a Guinea Pig event
EGRTM 2785.44 - Photograph of Standen with Lady Sasoon at a Guinea Pig event
EGRTM 2793.85 - Headshot of Standen showing facial scarring, 1947
EGRTM 2798.62 - Selection of Standen's correspondence