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Peter Harold FitzGerald

Admitted to:

POW. Hannover Hospital. RAF Hospital Cosford (13/04/45).

Date of Injury:

05/01/1945

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

15/07/1920 (25)

Cause of Incident:

Crashed in a Halifax on ops over Germany.

Transferred to QVH:

05/02/1946

Injuries:

Scarring of face and hands.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

4



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:

Peter Harold

Surname:

FitzGerald

Service No:

178061

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

106 PRC, RAF Cosford

Profession:

Pilot

Patient Rank:

Fg Off

Death:

12/01/1995

Age at Death:

74yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

FitzGerald initially served in the British Army, and was one of the many that escaped through Dunkirk. He decided to transfer to the RAF and was posted to 77 Sqn flying Halifax bombers upon completion of his pilots course.

In January 1945, on his 14th operation, FitzGerald was forced to crash land in Hanover, and was the only survivor. He was taken as a prisoner of war and received minimal treatment for his severe burns. Upon repatriation, he was transferred to QVH.

Glossary:

PRC - Personnel Reception Centre

Further Reading:

References:

'Peter H. FitzGerald', The Guinea Pig, July 1995, p. 3.
'Peter H. FitzGerald', The Guinea Pig, New Year 1996, p. 5.