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Robert McCallum Mathieson

Admitted to:

Harley Street

Date of Injury:

30/06/1947

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

24/04/1922 (25)

Cause of Incident:

Birdstrike. Hit by seagull whilst flying in a Lancaster.

Transferred to QVH:

01/09/1947

Injuries:

Injury to left eye.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

6



IDENTITY CARD

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Forename:

Robert McCallum

Surname:

Mathieson

Service No:

178787

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

RAF Innsworth

Profession:

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Patient Rank:

Flt Lt

Death:

2018

Age at Death:

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Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Mathieson joined the RAF at 19, and flew 30 combat operations before his injury.

On return from an op over Germany, the windscreen of Mathieson's Lancaster shattered causing severe facial injuries and destroying his left eye. His co-pilot landed the plane after Mathieson was knocked unconscious.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

References:

"Archibald McIndoe did change my life, he made life worth living", RAF Benevolent Fund blog, 1 August 2016, https://www.rafbf.org/news-and-blogs/archibald-mcindoe-did-change-my-life-he-made-life-worth-living