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James Sandeman-Allen

Admitted to:

Royal West Sussex Hopsital, Chichester. Botley Park Hospital (07/43). No.2 ACD, RAF Hoylake (06/10/43).

Date of Injury:

30/06/1943

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

24

Cause of Incident:

Enemy Action. Flying in Typhoon on ops hit by cannon shell. Flew back to UK.

Transferred to QVH:

21/11/1944

Injuries:

Lacerations to leg, abdomen and arm. Fractures to arm.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

1



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 A.

Surname:

Sandeman-Allen

Service No:

172079

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

DFM, MBE

Patient Unit:

No.52 Base, RAF Scampton.

Profession:

Pilot

Patient Rank:

Fg Off

Death:

21/05/2003

Age at Death:

83yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Sandeman Allen was in Singapore when it fell to the Japanese, but managed to escape to Australia via Java (on one of the last planes) and Sumatra, before returning to Britain.

He was assigned to take a new squadron member across the English Channel for the first time and look for anything of interest in northern Normandy. They followed a trainline and ended up over Yvetot Junction - the biggest junction and marshalling yard in northern France. The plane was hit by a shell exploding in the right-hand side of the cockpit. Sandeman Allen managed to fly home without the use of right arm and leg - the Typhoon was the only fighter plane of the time that had all the controls on the left.

Glossary:

ACD - Airman's Convalescent Depot

Further Reading:

McIndoe's Army' By Edward Bishop.

References:

'Guinea Pigs on Parade', The Guinea Pig, New Year 1985, p. 44.
'From J. A. Sandeman Allen, D.F.M.', J. A. Sandeman Allen, The Guinea Pig, New Year 1986, pp. 4-6.
'J.A. Sandeman Allen D.F.M., M.B.E.', The Guinea Pig, July 2003, p. 4.
'J.A. Sandeman Allen, DFM, MBE', The Guinea Pig, January 2004, pp. 2-3.



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2751.68.2 - Set of five images of members of the Guinea Pig Club, including Sandeman Allen
EGRTM 2785.34 - Informal photograph of Sandeman Allen at an outdoor event
EGRTM 6548.4 - Programme for Sandeman Allen's memorial service, September 2003
EGRTM 6560 - Selection of Sandeman Allen's correspondence regarding the Guinea Pig Club