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James Victor Verran

Admitted to:

RAF Hospital Rauceby. King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst.

Date of Injury:

01/03/1943

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

27

Cause of Incident:

Crashed on landing in a Lancaster. Collided with another Lancaster crossing the circuit.

Transferred to QVH:

07/10/1943

Injuries:

Fractured jaw and left leg.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:



IDENTITY CARD

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Forename:

James Victor

Surname:

Verran

Service No:

42775

Nationality:

New Zealand


Awards/Honours:

DFC

Patient Unit:

9 Sqn

Profession:

Pilot

Patient Rank:

Flt Lt

Death:

30/01/2004

Age at Death:

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Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Verran travelled to Britain and joined the RAF in August 1939. He completed a tour flying Whitley V's before becoming a flying instructor for two years, and began a second tour, in Lancasters, in January 1943.


Verran was circling at 800ft prior to landing at Waddingham when another plane collided with them in low cloud, removing the tail section of the plane. He came down with the remains of the plane and was thrown through the canopy.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

McIndoe's Army' By Edward Bishop.

References:

'How I Became a Guinea Pig', J. V. Verran, The Guinea Pig, July 1986, pp. 10-1.