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Ronald Gordon Noon-Ward

Admitted to:

No.106 Evac Hospital, Thionville, France. No.130. American Base Hospital (07/03/45). Basingstoke Neurological and Plastic Surgery Hospital (08/03/45).

Date of Injury:

05/03/1945

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

20

Cause of Incident:

Friendly Fire. Flying in a Stirling on Ops, aircraft exploded when hit by American flak, blown clear of wreckage.

Transferred to QVH:

12/03/1945

Injuries:

Burns to face and hands.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

2



IDENTITY CARD

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Forename:

Ronald Gordon

Surname:

Noon-Ward

Service No:

J399080

Nationality:

Canadian


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

199 Sqn

Profession:

Navigator

Patient Rank:

Fg Off

Death:

12/04/2014

Age at Death:

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Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

During an operation over Metz, northeast France, the right wing of Noon-Wing's Stirling was taken out and caught fire. The aircraft exploded as they were trying to bail out. Noon-Wing managed to parachute to safety, hitting the ground near the church in Thiomille, north of Metz. He managed to make his way to an American position and was taken to an American base hospital. After a week there, he was transferred back to England and was taken to QVH, via Basingstoke. Shortly after, two officers from his squadron arrived to enquire about the crash and informed Noon-Ward that the American commander of the anti-aircraft battery apologised for shooting them down.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

As For the Canadians' By Rita Donovan.

References:

'Another Guinea Pig Returns to the Sty', Ronald Gordon Noon-Ward, The Guinea Pig, July 2001, pp. 17-9.