Personnel Index - Detail

First Names
Reginald Henry John
Service Number
Crew Position
Air Bombardier
Posting In
Posted in 10/42


Flew 27 operations with 49Sqn.

Picture courtesy of Peter Hyde

Sgt Reg Hyde

The future Sgt Hyde at his passing out parade on the 15th May 1942.

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

Download the logbook of Sgt Gumbley's air gunner by clicking this link records some "shakey does" including being upside down over the target.

Reg on leave outside his home.

Reg with his parents at their home in Poole, Dorset.

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.