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William Henry Lane

Admitted to:

RAF Tangmere SSQ. Royal West Sussex Hospital, Chichester (17/04/43)

Date of Injury:

17/04/1943

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

26/11/1912 (30)

Cause of Incident:

Enemy Action. Hit by shell in a Lancaster on ops.

Transferred to QVH:

22/04/1943

Injuries:

Shrapnel Wounds.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

2



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:

William Henry

Surname:

Lane

Service No:

143858

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

---

Patient Unit:

103 Sqn

Profession:

Wireless Op/Air Gunner

Patient Rank:

Plt Off

Death:

30/09/2000

Age at Death:

88yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Flying an op against the Skoda Works in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia. Ordered to fly at 3000ft, under the radar, before climbing to 20,000ft as they approached the target. Caught in anti-aircraft fire during climb - two engines caught fire and plane badly damaged. Flew low back to Britain, escaping the notice of the Germans.

Glossary:

SSQ - Station Sick Quarters

Further Reading:

References:

'How I Became a Guinea Pig', Bill Lane, The Guinea Pig, New Year 1986, pp. 2-3.
'William Henry Lane', The Guinea Pig, January 2001, p. 3.