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Victor Robert Hobbs

Admitted to:

Kent and Sussex Hospital, Tunbridge Wells.

Date of Injury:

15/10/1943

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

11/09/1913 (30)

Cause of Incident:

Crashed in Halifax on return from operations.

Transferred to QVH:

15/10/1943

Injuries:

Burns to face and hands.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

6



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:

Victor Robert

Surname:

Hobbs

Service No:

1250167

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

35 Sqn

Profession:

Navigator

Patient Rank:

Sgt

Death:

26/04/1994

Age at Death:

80yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

On return from an operation over Frankfurt, Hobbs' plane encountered German fighters over the French coast, and the ensuing fight damaged the elevator and rudder controls, and two engines. Unable to make turns to return to an airfield, the pilot decided to crash land in a field. All seven crewmembers escaped the crash alive, including fellow Guinea Pig Paul Warren.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

References:

'Victor R. Hobbs', The Guinea Pig, New Year 1995, p. 5.
'The Night Vic Hobbs and Paul Warren Bit the Dust', The Guinea Pig, New Year 1979, pp. 31-2.
EGRTM 2842.31 Group photograph first on right holding a drink.



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2773.325, 2773.342 - Group photographs, including Hobbs, at the Marchwood Park Reunion, 1978.
EGRTM 2773.346 - Group photograph of a number of Guinea Pigs, including Hobbs, at his Golden Wedding Anniversary party
EGRTM 6600.35.69 - Photograph of Hobbs and others at the Guinea Pig Dinner, 1945.