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Zdzislaw Krasnodebski

Admitted to:

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Date of Injury:

06/09/1940

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

10/07/1904 (36)

Cause of Incident:

Enemy Action. Shot down in a Hurricane by an ME109, which punctured the fuel tank. Bailed out. Freefall extinguished fire on clothes, before parachuting.

Transferred to QVH:

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Injuries:

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No. of Operations at East Grinstead:



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:

Zdzislaw

Surname:

Krasnodebski

Service No:

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Nationality:

Polish


Awards/Honours:

VM...Virtuti Militari (Polish decoration)

Patient Unit:

303 Sqn

Profession:

Pilot

Patient Rank:

Sqn Ldr

Death:

1980 Canada

Age at Death:

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Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

First Polish member of the Guinea Pig Club.

Made way to England, via France, with the Polish Air Force - stationed in Blackpool in June 1940.
Assigned to Polish Fighter Squadron 303 out of RAF Northolt in early August.

Returned to flying less than a year after arriving at QVH.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

As For the Canadians' By Rita Donovan.
'Playing With Fire', The Guinea Pig, Summer 1973, pp. 20-2.
http://www.polishairforce.pl/gpc.html (in Polish)

References:



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2793.64 - Photograph of General Sikorski (head of Polish Government-in-Exile) arriving at QVH to present a medal to Krasnodebski