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John Durham Bubb

Admitted to:

Goodwood Hospital, QVH.

Date of Injury:

17/08/1941

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

02/08/1915 (26)

Cause of Incident:

Enemy Action. Shot by a ME 110 in a Wellington on night ops over Duisburg.

Transferred to QVH:

17/08/1941

Injuries:

Gunshot wounds to face and left leg.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

4



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:

John Durham

Surname:

Bubb

Service No:

1284075

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

---

Patient Unit:

99 Sqn

Profession:

Air Gunner

Patient Rank:

Sgt

Death:

February 2007

Age at Death:

91yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Bubb joined the RAF on 18 November 1940, at the age of 24. He received Gunnery training at RAF Kirkham, Lancashire, then Air Gunner training at the Flying Training School at Evanton in the Highlands. He was posted to Old Sarum airfield on completion of his training, to fly as an Air Gunner in Lysanders.
Bubb converted from Lysanders to Wellingtons in early August 1941, moving to RAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, and shortly afterwards was assigned to a bombing run over Duisburg, in the Ruhr. His plane was badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire and a ME 110, but managed to drop their bombs and make it back to England. The damage meant the undercarriage could not be lowered and the pilot managed to use up the remaining fuel before making a successful belly landing.
Bubb was taken to Goodwood Hospital, then transferred to QVH. He had four operations over the next six months to reconstruct his jaw, and went on to remuster as an Armourer in his old unit.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

'Guinea Pigs on Parade', The Guinea Pig, July 1984, p. 39.

References:

'A Tail-Gunner's Tail - How I Became a Guinea Pig', John Durham Bubb, The Guinea Pig, New Year 1986, pp. 3-4.



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 1374.289.1 - Bubb's RAF jacket
EGRTM 1374.289.2 - Bullet taken from Bubb's facial injuries
EGRTM 2773.754 - collection of images relating to Bubb inc. photos
EGRTM 6559.28 - collection of items relating to Bubb