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John Kenneth Kirby

Admitted to:

RAF Innsworth SSQ

Date of Injury:

26/07/1941

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

28

Cause of Incident:

Crashed. Flying incident.

Transferred to QVH:

05/08/1941

Injuries:

Fractures to head and face.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

2



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 Kenneth

Surname:

Kirby

Service No:

1202840

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

No.6 School of Flying Training

Profession:

Pilot

Patient Rank:

LAC

Death:

14/07/1993

Age at Death:

80yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Kirby volunteered for the RAF in 1940 and was at the end of his pilot's course when his aircraft crashed on a training flight. His engine cut-out leading to a collision with the gun replacement at the end of the runway.

Following treatment, he returned to active duty, serving in the Middle East with Air Traffic Control.

Glossary:

SSQ - Station Sick Quarters

Further Reading:

McIndoe's Army' By Edward Bishop.

References:

'John K. Kirby', The Guinea Pig, New Year 1994, p. 7.



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2751.15 - Black and white photograph of Kirby at a reunion.