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Lionel Hastings

Admitted to:

No.53 MFH Hospital. No.8 RAF Hospital. Basingstoke Neurological and Plastic Surgery Hospital.

Date of Injury:

15/10/1944

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

21

Cause of Incident:

Crashed on landing in an Anson. Double engine failure.

Transferred to QVH:

21/10/1944

Injuries:

32 Facial fractures. 3 Spinal Fractures. Arm and Leg Fractures.

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:

Lionel

Surname:

Hastings

Service No:

J29247

Nationality:

Canadian


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

98 Sqn, No.2 GSU, RAF Swanton.

Profession:

Observer

Patient Rank:

Fg Off

Death:

2010

Age at Death:

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Hastings was an Observer in a Anson Mark 1 transport flying over Berlin when both engines failed. While he managed to secure all the passengers, he didn't have time to reach his own seatbelt and was received more than thirty fractures in the crash.

Acted as Chief Canadian Guinea Pig for seven years, 1981-8.

Glossary:

GSU - Group Support Unit

Further Reading:

As For the Canadians' By Rita Donovan.
'McIndoe's Army' By Edward Bishop.
'Remembrance Day Reflections', Lionel Hastings, The Guinea Pig, July 1992, pp. 6-7.
'Battle Scars', Jay Branch, The Guinea Pig, July 1994, pp. 16-7.

References:

'How Three Canadians Became Guinea Pigs', The Guinea Pig, July 1996, p. 28.