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James Marshall

Admitted to:

Rimini (Italy), Halton (six months after crash)

Date of Injury:

09/06/1945

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

25/03/1923

Cause of Incident:

Engine failure (Lancaster Bomber) on a search and rescue mission, only survivor of six crew. The plane crashed in a forest half way up the Adriatic Coast. James underwent three years of painful rehabilitation in an Italian hospital after surviving the horrific plane crash. They had previously flown 100 missions without incident. The navigator, who flew principally in Wellington bomber planes, then underwent treatment in East Grinstead.<br /> Marshall said one of the two engines on the plane he was on failed, adding "I didn't even feel the crash, I knew nothing, I was unconscious."

Transferred to QVH:

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Injuries:

Burns to full body except face

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

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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:

James

Surname:

Marshall

Service No:

1560786

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

38 Bomber Sqn

Profession:

Navigator

Patient Rank:

Death:

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Age at Death:

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Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Glossary:

Further Reading:

22.07.2021. Scotland's last Guinea Pig pays tribute to the surgeon who gave him life.
"a Guinea Pig Remembers" museum collection.
05.11.2021. Renfrewshire RAF veteran will never forget brave colleagues from Bomber Command. museum collection.
WW11 Airman remembers burns surgeon who rebuilt his life. museum collection.

References:

East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2751.53 - Black and white headshot of Marshall in front of brick wall
EGRTM 2842.80 - " " " " " "