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Martin Alexander Platsko

Admitted to:

Shiel Hospital, Ballyshannon. RAF Hospital Halton (14/08/44).

Date of Injury:

12/08/1944

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

26/1/1921 (23)

Cause of Incident:

Crashed in Sunderland due to engine failure.

Transferred to QVH:

11/11/1944

Injuries:

Scarring to face and head

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

1



IDENTITY CARD

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Forename:

Martin Alexander

Surname:

Platsko

Service No:

J24784

Nationality:

Canadian


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

422 Sqn

Profession:

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Patient Rank:

Fg Off

Death:

03/12/2011

Age at Death:

90yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Known as 'Al'.

Platsko was second pilot in a Sunderland Flying Boat, taking off from the base at Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, to fly a mission over the Atlantic. The aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing due to a failure of the starboard engine, and ended up in a bog. Platsko jettisoned much of the full fuel load, and fire spread from the engine to the rest of the plane. Three died and the others sustained multiple injuries.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

As for the Canadians, Rita Donovan, pp. 166-169.
https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/pacific-grove-ca/martin-platsko-4909786

References:

'County Donegal Recalls August 1944', (from Farmer's Journal, County Fermanagh), The Guinea Pig, July 1996, pp. 24-5.