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Rodney Armstrong

Admitted to:

RAF Hospital Ely.

Date of Injury:

02/11/1940

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

24

Cause of Incident:

Enemy Action. Shot down in Blenheim returning from ops.

Transferred to QVH:

22/03/1942

Injuries:

Facial Scarring.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

1



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:

Rodney I.

Surname:

Armstrong

Service No:

42687

Nationality:

New Zealand


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

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Profession:

Pilot

Patient Rank:

Flt Lt

Death:

24/12/1995

Age at Death:

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Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

In 1936, Armstrong joined the Territorials. In 1938, he joined the Civil Reserve, which enabled him to get his flying licence and then join the RAF. He left for England in 1939, and began operational flying in June 1940 in Blenheims. He was shot down in November 1940, and severely wounded.
He returned to flying after treatment as a Blenheim test pilot in April 1941, before returning to QVH for further treatment.
He was then posted to 21 Spitfire Squadron in Torquay and became Squadron Commander.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

References:

'Rod Armstrong', The Guinea Pig, January 1997, pp. 6-7.



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 6599.31.76 - Surgical drawing by Miss M. Lentaigne, October 1942.