POW. French Hospital, Nancy. RAF Hospital Wroughton (23/09/44). RAF Hospital Ely (30/09/44).
|Date of Injury:
|D.O.B/Age when admitted:
|Cause of Incident:
Enemy Action. Shot down by anti-aircraft fire in a Lancaster over enemy territory, bailed out.
|Transferred to QVH:
Burns to face and hand. Amputated right hand.
|No. of Operations at East Grinstead:
This is to certify that the patient mentioned below and whose description is stated hereon is the authorised holder of this Identity card.
Wireless Op/Air Gunner.
|Age at Death:
Known as 'Dickie'.
While flying over France, Richardson's plane was badly damaged by flak, and the crew bailed out. Richardson was the only survivor, badly burnt, and was taken as a prisoner of war. One hand was amputated and an eye removed; his remaining eye was blind, and his hand badly burnt and neglected.