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John Fleming

Admitted to:

Wretham Cottage Hospital; RAF Hospital, Halton

Date of Injury:

08/09/1940

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

29/07/1915

Cause of Incident:

Enemy Action. Shot down in Hurricane by ME109. Bailed out.

Transferred to QVH:

Injuries:

Burns to legs. Facial injuries.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:



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

Surname:

Fleming

Service No:

35195

Nationality:

New Zealand


Awards/Honours:

MBE

Patient Unit:

65 Sqn

Profession:

Pilot

Patient Rank:

Death:

11/12/1995

Age at Death:

80yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Fleming joined the RAF in 1938 and qualified as a pilot the following year.

On the morning of 8 September 1940, Fleming's squadron was scrambled to intercept a group of enemy bombers. They engaged over Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Fleming's Hurricane was set on fire by an Me 109 and one of the fuel tanks exploded. He baled out at 20,000ft and came down at Wrotham Heath, to the north.

Fleming was one of the Guinea Pigs that McIndoe had transferred to QVH during his rounds of hospitals, to try the saline bath treatment.

He was discharged from QVH in August 1941 and returned to service the following year as Station's Armament Officer at 23 OTU, RAF Pershore, Worcestershire.

Founder member of the Guinea Pig Club.

Glossary:

OTU - Operational Training Unit

Further Reading:

McIndoe's Army' By Edward Bishop.
'Guinea Pigs on Parade', The Guinea Pig, July 1980, p. 31.
'Guinea Pigs on Parade', The Guinea Pig, July 1987, pp. 26.
'A Man Who Refused to Die', Reg White, The Guinea Pig, New Year 1991, pp. 12-3.
'A Further Tribute to Jack Fleming', John Watson, The Guinea Pig, January 1997, p. 7.

References:

'Jack Fleming, M.B.E.', The Guinea Pig, July 1996, p. 2.



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2751.68.2 - Set of five images of members of the Guinea Pig Club, including Fleming.
EGRTM 2814.111 - Newspaper article about a Guinea Pig reunion, including picture of Fleming