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John Reynolds

Admitted to:

Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford. RAF Hospital Halton (11/03/43).

Date of Injury:

08/01/1943

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

26

Cause of Incident:

Crashed in Wellington on night training sortie.

Transferred to QVH:

07/04/1943

Injuries:

Third degree burns to face, left hand and left leg.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

6



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 A.

Surname:

Reynolds

Service No:

R107700

Nationality:

Canadian


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

1443 Flight, RAF Harwell.

Profession:

Wireless Op/Air Gunner.

Patient Rank:

FS

Death:

15/05/2001

Age at Death:

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Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Known as 'Jack'.

Trained in Dorval, Quebec, before coming to Britain to train in Wellingtons.

Flying circuits in low cloud, the pilot dived 100ft, and noticed the altimeter was stuck at 700ft. On the downwind leg, the plane hit the ground, killing the rear gunner and injuring the rest.

Returned to full flying duties after 6 months of treatment.

Secretary of the Canadian Wing of the Guinea Pig Club.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

As For the Canadians' By Rita Donovan.
'Guinea Pigs on Parade', The Guinea Pig, July 1982, p. 27.
Article, The Guinea Pig, New Year 1994
'Battle Scars', Jay Branch, The Guinea Pig, July 1994, pp. 16-7.

References:

'Harwell Incident', Eric Cannings, The Guinea Pig, July 1986, p. 13.
'Stop Press', The Guinea Pig, July 2001, p. 7.



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2751.116 - Portrait photograph of Reynolds at a Guinea Pig event