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Jacob Redekopp

Admitted to:

SSQ. RAF Hospital Halton (21/05/44).

Date of Injury:

20/05/1944

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

31/03/1922 (22)

Cause of Incident:

Crashed on landing in a Lancaster.

Transferred to QVH:

15/07/1944

Injuries:

Burns to face, hands, back and arms.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:



IDENTITY CARD

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Forename:

Jacob

Surname:

Redekopp

Service No:

R203866

Nationality:

Canadian


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

50 Sqn, R Depot RCAF Warrington.

Profession:

Air Gunner

Patient Rank:

Sgt

Death:

07/01/2008

Age at Death:

85yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Redekopp joined the RCAF in January 1943, training as an air gunner, and was posted to Britain that summer.

On his sixteenth operation, in May 1944, fog diverted them to Benson on return. On landing, their plane crashed into a small building and burst into flames. Redekopp was able to free himself from his turret, and dragged fellow Guinea Pig Owen Jones from the wreckage, unconscious, along with another crewmember, gaining severe burns in the process.

Glossary:

R Depot - Repatriation Depot
SSQ - Station Sick Quarters

Further Reading:

As For the Canadians', Rita Donovan, p. 99.

References:

'Return to the Sty', The Guinea Pig, January 2001, p. 32.
Obituary, Shawnee News-Star, 20 January 2008.