Personnel Index - Detail

Name
HYDE
First Names
Reginald Henry John
Rank
Sgt
Service
RAF
Service Number
1579539
Crew Position
Air Bombardier
Posting Details
Posted in 10/42

 

Flew 27 operations with 49Sqn.
 

Picture courtesy of Peter Hyde

Career details and images provided by his son, Peter Hyde.
 

My father completed a tour with 49 squadron before being transferred to operational training units until he crashed in HE276 at Silverstone Aerodrome on the 3rd October 1943. He became one of "McIndoes Guinea Pigs" at East Grinstead.

His story is recounted in "McIndoes Army" by Peter Williams & Ted Harrison and "The Guinea Pig Club" by Edward Bishop.

Whilst at East Grinstead he met my mother (a Staff Nurse).
 

Image provided by Peter Hyde (son of Reginald Hyde)

Sgt B A Gumbley, P/O A Creamer, Sgt R Hyde, Sgt J Campbell,
Sgt R A G Turner, Sgt J Wood, Sgt C W Morley
 

The logbook of Sgt Gumbley's air gunner can be downloaded from his page.
It records some "shakey does" including being upside down over the target.

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Hyde
 

Article courtesy of Peter Hyde
 

Article courtesy of Peter Hyde
 

Picture courtesy of Peter Hyde
 

Reginald Hyde and Jock Tosh at a "Guinea Pig Lost Weekend" in 1978.

In 1952 Reg made contact with an old crewmate, John Wood, by writing to the Postmaster of the Australian town where John Wood lived.



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"Posted out" 1979.