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Robert Tait

Admitted to:

RAF Hospital, Evesham. RAF Hospital Cosford (14/02/44).

Date of Injury:

12/02/1944

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

20

Cause of Incident:

Crashed. Whitley collided with another aircraft on the ground.

Transferred to QVH:

28/04/1944

Injuries:

Burns to face and hands.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

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IDENTITY CARD

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Forename:

Robert

Surname:

Tait

Service No:

R218637

Nationality:

Canadian


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

No.24 OTU

Profession:

Air Gunner

Patient Rank:

Sgt

Death:

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Age at Death:

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Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

On return from a training flight, 12 February 1944, the pilot of Tait's plane was incorrectly given a green light while another plane was on the runway. The two collided and went up in flames. Tait, stood behind the pilot, was thrown into the back of his seat and sustained facial injuries, along with burns to the face and hands.

Glossary:

OTU - Operational Training Unit

Further Reading:

As For the Canadians' By Rita Donovan.

References:

'How Three Canadians Became Guinea Pigs', The Guinea Pig, July 1996, p. 28.