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Jan Adamczyk

Admitted to:

Nuneaton General Hospital.

Date of Injury:

01/09/1943

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

25/01/1913 (32)

Cause of Incident:

Crashed in a Wellington on cross country sortie.

Transferred to QVH:

14/08/1945

Injuries:

Scarring of face and hands.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

2



IDENTITY CARD

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Forename:

Jan

Surname:

Adamczyk

Service No:

780218

Nationality:

Polish


Awards/Honours:

DFM

Patient Unit:

RAF Newton

Profession:

Pilot

Patient Rank:

WO

Death:

06/01/1987

Age at Death:

73yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Adamczyk was an experienced pilot in the Polish Air Force pre-war.
He fled to Romania when Poland fell to Nazi forces and was thrown into an internment camp for trying to flee to Britain or France. He escaped the camp and fled to the Black Sea, where he found a small Greek ship already full of Poles, a majority of them Polish air or ground crew.
The ship made it to Malta, where the Poles were taken on to Marsailles then Lyon. Adamczyk arrived in Kent in January 1940. He completed his RAF training in Blackpool, where he met his future wife.
His crash occurred in September 1943 during a test flight for the engines. The starboard engine cut out, the wing caught fire and the plane crashed into a field, with three of the crew killed instantly.
Adamczyk persuaded the doctor that treatment at QVH could wait until after his pilot training, which he had just received approval for. He completed his training, despite suffering from dizzy spells caused by a broken neck, and arrived at QVH in 1945.

Stayed in the UK after the war and became a naturalised British subject, changing his name to John Adam.

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Further Reading:

References:

'How I Became a Guinea Pig', The Guinea Pig, New Year 1985, pp. 11-2.
'John Adam', The Guinea Pig, July 1987, p. 8.