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Leslie Syrett

Admitted to:

Prestbridge Military Hospital. RAF Hospital Rauceby (21/06/41). No.2 ACD, RAF Hoylake (27/11/41).

Date of Injury:

21/06/1941

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

June 27th 1915 (27)

Cause of Incident:

Crashed in a Manchester on night flying test flight - engines cut out.

Transferred to QVH:

02/07/1942

Injuries:

Fractured back and left arm. Loss of skin.

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:

Leslie

Surname:

Syrett

Service No:

745165

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

AFC

Patient Unit:

No.25 OTU.

Profession:

Pilot

Patient Rank:

WO

Death:

05/08/1997

Age at Death:

82yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Syrett joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve in February 1939, and was called up almost immediately after war was declared in September. After pilots training, he was sent to RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, to test fly Manchesters, the forerunner of the Lancaster bomber.

While doing circuits to test a newly repaired plane, both engines cut out and Syrett crash landed from 150ft. He was pulled out of the plane still conscious, having broken his back, neck, shoulder, elbow and fingers, and with damage to his internal organs.

He returned to limited flying duties after treatment, and was appointed Commanding Officer of RAF Skaebrae in the Orkneys towards the end of the war.

Glossary:

ACD - Airman's Convalescent Depot
OTU - Operational Training Unit

Further Reading:

'Who's Who in the Guinea Pig Club', The Guinea Pig, April 1952, p. 41.
'Guinea Pigs on Parade', The Guinea Pig, Summer 1973, p. 30.
'A Man in a Million', The Guinea Pig, July 1991, pp. 12-4.

References:

'How I Became a Guinea Pig - "The Last of the Few?"', Les Syrett, The Guinea Pig, July 1985, pp. 11-3.
'Les Syrett', The Guinea Pig, January 1998, pp. 2-3.



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2773.352 - Photograph of Syrett meeting Prince Philip at a Guinea Pig Club event