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John Miles

Admitted to:

Farnborough Hospital

Date of Injury:

1951

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

1928

Cause of Incident:

Training accident - crashed and caught fire

Transferred to QVH:

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Injuries:

Third degree burns to arms and legs. Broken jaw.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

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IDENTITY CARD

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Forename:

John

Surname:

Miles

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Nationality:

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Death:

16/03/2018

Age at Death:

91

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Notes:

Miles was called up for service at 17 years old, two weeks before VJ day and the end of the war. He completed his National Service with the Royal Navy, before going to university and joining the University Air Squadron.

Miles was doing a routine training exercise at Biggin Hill airfield, Kent, when he struggled to land. On the second attempt, his Harvard hit an obstacle and caught fire. His face smashed into the windscreen, and he was pulled from the burning aircraft by the Station's doctor, Dr. Francis Ensell.

Miles returned to service, in the Auxiliary Air Force, after his treatment at QVH.

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References:

"The Club will go on until the very last one of us finishes his journey's end", RAF Benevolent Fund blog, 22 July 2016, https://www.rafbf.org/news-and-blogs/club-will-go-until-very-last-one-us-finishes-his-journeys-end