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Robert Wright

Admitted to:

RAF Hospital Ely.

Date of Injury:

1944

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

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Cause of Incident:

Mosquito crashed. Pulled from burning wreckage.

Transferred to QVH:

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Injuries:

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No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

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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:

Robert

Surname:

Wright

Service No:

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Nationality:

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Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

85 Sqn

Profession:

Navigator

Patient Rank:

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Death:

24/01/1992

Age at Death:

85yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

On the outbreak of war, Wright returned to England from California. Poor eyesight prevented him from taking flying duties and Wright was posted to Fighter Command Headquarters. Here, he served as Personal Assistant to Lord Dowding (Head of Fighter Command) during the latter part of the Battle of Britain, which he continued under Sholto Douglas, Dowding's successor.
He managed to have himself posted as a navigator to 604 Beaufighter Sqn, before joining 85 Sqn, flying Mosquitoes.
In 1944, his plane crashed on landing and he was badly burned. He was treated at RAF Ely Hospital, before being transferred to QVH. After his treatment was complete he returned to his home in Kent, only to come back to QVH when a V2 rocket fell 50 yards from his house.
After the war, he attended the Nuremburg Trials. He left the RAF in 1947 and became a successful writer and historian.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

Night Fighter, by Robert Wright.
Dowding and the Battle of Britain, by Robert Wright.

References:

GPC Magazine New Year 1978.
'Guinea Pigs on Parade', The Guinea Pig, New Year 1982, pp. 29-30.
'Robert Wright', The Guinea Pig, July 1992, p. 3.



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2751.68.1 - Set of five images of members of the Guinea Pig Club, including Wright