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Walter Richardson

Admitted to:

POW. French Hospital, Nancy. RAF Hospital Wroughton (23/09/44). RAF Hospital Ely (30/09/44).

Date of Injury:

04/05/1944

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

23

Cause of Incident:

Enemy Action. Shot down by anti-aircraft fire in a Lancaster over enemy territory, bailed out.

Transferred to QVH:

31/10/1944

Injuries:

Burns to face and hand. Amputated right hand.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

20



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:

Walter

Surname:

Richardson

Service No:

1378437

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

RAF Skellingthorpe

Profession:

Wireless Op/Air Gunner.

Patient Rank:

Sgt

Death:

16/05/1996

Age at Death:

73yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

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.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

The Guinea Pig Club' By Edward Bishop.
'McIndoe's Army' By Edward Bishop.
'Guinea Pigs on Parade', The Guinea Pig, Summer 1968, pp. 18-21.
'His Guardian Angel Wasn't Looking', Mike Pryce, The Guinea Pig, New Year 1983, pp. 14-5. (extract from Worcester Evening News and Times)

References:

'W. (Dickie) Richardson', The Guinea Pig, January 1997, pp. 2-3.
'Some Memories of Dickie Richardson', Kitty Hutchinson, The Guinea Pig, July 1997, pp. 4-5.



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2751.117 - Portrait photograph of Richardson in front of a window