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Richard Hillary

Admitted to:

Margate Hospital.

Date of Injury:

03/09/1940

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

21

Cause of Incident:

Enemy Action. Shot down in Spitfire.

Transferred to QVH:

22/11/1940

Injuries:

Burns to face and legs.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

7



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:

Richard H.

Surname:

Hillary

Service No:

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Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

603 Sqn

Profession:

Pilot

Patient Rank:

Fg Off

Death:

January 1943

Age at Death:

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Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Returned to service and was killed when his Beaufighter crashed, January 1943.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

The Last Enemy' By Richard Hillary.
'Richard Hillary' By David Ross.
'The Guinea Pig Club' By Edward Bishop.
Article, The Daily Telegraph, 21st December 2001.
'Fighter Boys' by Patrick Bishop.
'B.B.C.'s Tribute to Richard Hillary', The Guinea Pig, April 1948, p. 19.
'Valiant for Truth', By Sir Archibald McIndoe, The Guinea Pig, April 1951, pp. 4-6.

References:

'In Memory of Richard Hillary', The Guinea Pig, August 1950, p. 46.



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2773.667 - Portrait photograph of Hillary before accident.
EGRTM 2773.668 - black and white headshot of Hillary after surgery.
EGRTM 2814 - Various newspaper articles related to Hillary's story.
EGRTM 6599.31.106 - Surgical drawings of Hillary by Miss M E Lentaigne.