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Patrick Wells

Admitted to:

Leeds Castle Military Hospital.

Date of Injury:

28/11/1940

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

23

Cause of Incident:

Enemy Action. Shot down in a Hurricane by an ME109 piloted by Adolf Galland. Bailed out.

Transferred to QVH:

06/12/1940

Injuries:

Burns to face and legs.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:



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:

Patrick H. V.

Surname:

Wells

Service No:

72098

Nationality:

South African


Awards/Honours:

---

Patient Unit:

249 Sqn

Profession:

Pilot

Patient Rank:

Fg Off

Death:

2002

Age at Death:

85yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

On 28 November 1940, Wells was shot down from below, while he and the rest of his squadron were concentrating on the ME109s above them. His Hurricane caught fire and went into a dive. Wells was thrown out of the cockpit and dislocated his shoulder when he hit the tail, but managed to pull the rip-cord with his other hand. His plane came down in a farm in East Peckham, Kent.
Wells returned to operational flying after treatment.

Later investigation by John Foreman and Trevor Williams revealed that Wells had been shot down by German Ace Adolf Galland.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

'Fighter Boys' by Patrick Bishop.
Battle of Britain: The Forgotten Months, John Foreman, p. 142.
'Some of our Contributors', The Guinea Pig, April 1948, p. 41.
'How I Became a Guinea Pig', Pat Wells, The Guinea Pig, New Year 1992, p. 11-2.

References:

'How I Became a Guinea Pig and Later', P.H.V. Wells, The Guinea Pig, July 1996, pp. 12-3.
'Pat Wells', The Guinea Pig, July 2002, p. 5.