Royal West Sussex Hopsital, Chichester. Botley Park Hospital (07/43). No.2 ACD, RAF Hoylake (06/10/43).
|Date of Injury:
|D.O.B/Age when admitted:
|Cause of Incident:
Enemy Action. Flying in Typhoon on ops hit by cannon shell. Flew back to UK.
|Transferred to QVH:
Lacerations to leg, abdomen and arm. Fractures to arm.
|No. of Operations at East Grinstead:
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No.52 Base, RAF Scampton.
|Age at Death:
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.
ACD - Airman's Convalescent Depot