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Robert Ralston

Admitted to:

East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital. RAF Hospital Ely (02/11/44).

Date of Injury:

01/01/1944

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

23

Cause of Incident:

Crashed in a Lancaster.

Transferred to QVH:

18/01/1945

Injuries:

Burns to face and hands.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

13



IDENTITY CARD

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Forename:

Robert

Surname:

Ralston

Service No:

1365597

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

619 Sqn

Profession:

Air Gunner

Patient Rank:

Sgt

Death:

24/02/1994

Age at Death:

73yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Ralston joined the RAF at 19 and was sent to Canada for aircrew training. He trained as an air gunner and was posted to RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire.

On 4 November 1941, his aircraft was attacked and badly damaged on a bombing raid on Dusseldorf. Raldston managed to return to RAF Scampton but crashed landed, hitting a tree and the plane broke in two and caught fire. He was the sole survivor.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

References:

'Robert Ralston', Jack Toper, The Guinea Pig, July 1994, p. 2.
'Robert Ralston', The Guinea Pig, New Year 1995, p. 6.