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Joseph John Allaway

Admitted to:

SSQ. RAF Hospital Ely (10/10/43).

Date of Injury:

10/10/1943

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

15/08/22 (21)

Cause of Incident:

Crashed on take off in a Hampden.

Transferred to QVH:

15/07/1944

Injuries:

Burns to face and hands.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

31



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:

Joseph John

Surname:

Allaway

Service No:

1216325

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

PHU, RAF Morecambe

Profession:

Wireless Op/Air Gunner

Patient Rank:

FS

Death:

11/09/2009

Age at Death:

87yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Known as "Jack".

Allaway joined the RAF in January 1941 and trained as a Wireless Operator/Gunner. He flew 27 operations as part of 521 Sqn before his plane crashed at Docking, Norfolk, on 10 October 1943. He spent six months at RAF Hospital Ely before being transferred to QVH, where he underwent 31 operations on his face and hands.

Glossary:

PHU - Personnel Holding Unit

Further Reading:

The Guinea Pig Club' By Edward Bishop.
'McIndoe's Army' By Edward Bishop.

'Who's Who in the Guinea Pig', The Guinea Pig, June 1957, p. 32.
'Courage of the 'Guinea Pigs'', Siobhan Ryan, The Argus (Brighton), 1 October 2004, pp. 26-7.

References:




East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2733.43 - photograph of Allaway and other Guinea Pigs with Churchill
EGRTM 2751.65 - portrait photograph
EGRTM 2755.8 - photograph of QVH football team, 1946
EGRTM 2773.289 - photograph of Allaway and others outside the Guinea Pig Pub
EGRTM 2773.334 - photograph of Allaway and Brandon at Marchwood Park, 1946
EGRTM 2773.342 - photograph of Allaway and others, Marchwood Park reunion 1978
EGRTM 2793.1, 2793.2 - photographs of Allaway during treatment
EGRTM 2793.3 - photograph of Allaway post-treatment
EGRTM 2799.2.2 - 2799.2.18 - photographs of Allaway over the course of treatment
EGRTM 2799.2.20 - Order of Service for Allaway's funeral, 2009