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Sidney McQuillan

Admitted to:

SSQ. RAF Hospital Ely. (21/02/45).

Date of Injury:

21/02/1945

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

06/09/1920 (25)

Cause of Incident:

Enemy Action. Crashed at parent drome when hit by enemy fighter.

Transferred to QVH:

26/11/1945

Injuries:

Burns to face and hands.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

10



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:

Sidney

Surname:

McQuillan

Service No:

1542879

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

196 Sqn

Profession:

Wireless Op/Air Gunner

Patient Rank:

WO

Death:

29/12/2008

Age at Death:

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Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Previously: RAF Innsworth; No 4 Radio School, Madley; 10 AFU, Dumfries; 81 out Ashbourne.

Attacked by JU 88 while on approach to landing, too low to bail out, but pilot managed successful landing. Escaped through the astrodome and down the wing.

Glossary:

AFU - Advanced Flying Unit
SSQ - Station Sick Quarters

Further Reading:

McIndoe's Army' By Edward Bishop.
'Goldfish, Caterpillars & Guinea Pigs: Accounts of Pilots of Air Crews From The Second World War', by Colin Pateman, Chapter 26, pp. 222-40.
'Looking Back', Sid McQuillan, The Guinea Pig, Christmas 1966, pp. 23-5.

References:

'How I Became a Guinea Pig', Sid McQuillan, The Guinea Pig, July 1984, p. 25.



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2751.63 - Set of five images of members of the Guinea Pig Club, including McQuillan.
EGRTM 2785.72 - Photograph of McQuillan and his wife talking to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at a Guinea Pig event.