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Herbert Aldridge

Admitted to:

West Suffolk Hospital. RAF Hospital Ely (25/01/43).

Date of Injury:

20/01/1943

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

19

Cause of Incident:

Crashed on training sortie.

Transferred to QVH:

27/10/1943

Injuries:

Concussion. Fractured Nose.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:



IDENTITY CARD

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Forename:

Herbert

Surname:

Aldridge

Service No:

R115486

Nationality:

Canadian


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

464 Sqn.

Profession:

Observer

Patient Rank:

FS

Death:

12/09/2003

Age at Death:

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Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

During a practice run on 20 January 1943, Aldridge had a lucky escape. As the mid-upper gunner wasn't on the training exercise, Aldridge decided to map read from his seat. The plane hit an oak tree, completely destroying his normal position and killing the pilot and wireless operator. Aldridge came away with relatively minor injuries - a concussion, a fractured nose and various cuts and bruises.
At the end of the year, he was sent to QVH where Ross Tilley repaired his nose. Aldridge was then posted to 90 Sqn and finished his tour flying Lancasters.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

'As For the Canadians' By Rita Donovan

References:

'Herbert Aldridge', The Guinea Pig, January 2004, p. 5.