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Maurice Hewlett Mounsdon

Admitted to:

Black Notley Sanatorium, Braintree, Essex.

Date of Injury:

31/08/1940

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

DOB 11.02.1918. (23)

Cause of Incident:

Enemy Action. Shot down in a Hurricane, bailed out.

Transferred to QVH:

08/01/1941

Injuries:

Burns to face, hands and legs.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

5



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:

Maurice

Surname:

Mounsdon

Service No:

42871

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

56 Sqn

Profession:

Pilot

Patient Rank:

Fg Off

Death:

06/12/2019

Age at Death:

101 years

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Mounsdon joined the RAF in 1938, aged 20. He served as a Hurricane pilot in 1940, based at RAF North Weald as part of 56 Sqn. In two months he had two confirmed kills, two probable, and two damaged.

On 31 August, 1940, he was shot down over Colchester, Essex, at 14,000ft and parachuted to safety having suffered severe burns. He was rescued by local children from the field where he landed and went on to spend two years in the care of McIndoe.

After leaving hospital he went on general duties before joining the flying school at Cambridge as an instructor in 1942. He left the RAF in 1946. After the war he worked for the General Electric Company. The actual Hurricane he flew has been restored & is now at the Imperial War Museum near Duxford.

One of the first Guinea Pigs. He spent the last 30 years of his life in Menorca were he died.

Glossary:

Fg Off - Flight Officer

Further Reading:

Fighter Boys by Patrick Bishop
Google article in Guinea Pig File.
Obituary. The Times Dec. 10th 2019.

References:

'War hero, 100, given fitting birthday treat', Valentine Low and Graham Keeley, The Times, Thursday September 20 2018, p. 3.
Elizabeth de Nervaux (friend)


East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2751,68.2 - Set of images of five Guinea Pigs, including Mounsdon