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John Percy Hill

Admitted to:

QVH

Date of Injury:

06/08/1942

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

42

Cause of Incident:

Typhoon lost control during take off and crashed into the dispersal hut where groundcrew were waiting.

Transferred to QVH:

04/11/1942

Injuries:

Facial Injuries. Burns to hands and legs.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

5



IDENTITY CARD

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Forename:

John Percy

Surname:

Hill

Service No:

75783

Nationality:

Australian


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

No.1 AAS, RAF Manby, Lincolnshire.

Profession:

Equipment.

Patient Rank:

Fg Off

Death:

2005

Age at Death:

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Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Part of groundcrew in 'Flying Conversion' Unit, which trained pilots to handle the new Typhoons, which had a bad habit of engine cut-out even during take off.
The plane crash and subsequent explosion killed at least seven people and left twelves others with burns of various degrees.
Spent time in another hospital before being chosen to go to QVH by McIndoe, who was on one of his tours of other hospitals.

Glossary:

AAS - Air Armament School

Further Reading:

References:

'How I Became a Guinea Pig', The Guinea Pig, New Year 1985, pp. 12-4.