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Leslie Wilkins

Admitted to:

RAF Holme-On-Spalding Moor SSQ? No.30 General Hospital (29/01/44). RAF Hospital Rauceby (01/02/44).

Date of Injury:

29/01/1944

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

19

Cause of Incident:

Crashed on take off in a Halifax on night ops.

Transferred to QVH:

08/03/1944

Injuries:

Burns to face, left shoulder, hands and legs.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

30



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 Ronald

Surname:

Wilkins

Service No:

1588047

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

---

Patient Unit:

76 Sqn

Profession:

Air Gunner

Patient Rank:

Sgt

Death:

26/07/1994

Age at Death:

69yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Wilkins joined the RAF at 17.

On his second sortie, in 1944, his Halifax bomber crashed shortly after take off, leaving Wilkins one of two survivors. His treatment at QVH took seven years.

Glossary:

SSQ - Station Sick Quarters

Further Reading:

'Leslie Wilkins', The Guinea Pig, New Year 1995, p. 2.

References:

'A Tribute to Les', The Guinea Pig, New Year 1995, pp. 3-4.



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2773.346 - Group photograph, including Wilkins, at Guinea Pig Hobbs' Golden Wedding Anniversary
EGRTM 2793.106 - Headshot showing facial damage, April 1944
EGRTM 2793.107-9 - Series of headshots showing treatment and reconstruction, early 1946.