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Adjusting to Society

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Adjusting to Society

I didn't have to adjust as much as the other fellows did but, yes, you always knew that you were okay. You wondered about the fellows that going to be able to go out into society with these severe burns and they were to be functional because all of them were really well educated people, all the pilots were, you know, had to have a certain level of education and you knew they were gonna contribute to society before their injuries now would they be able to do that after their injuries that was the big thing. But Tilley worked on that angle just as much as he did the operations. In the truest sense, you were a guinea pig.

Mr Dove reflects on the philosophy adopted in the readjusting process.

Orvel Dove

Mr. Orvel Dove was born in Innisfree, Alberta November 26, 1921. After graduating from high school, Mr. Dove decided to join the air force. With the hope of becoming a pilot, Mr. Dove traveled to Regina Saskatchewan for training, received his wings and became a night-fighter pilot with the RAF 256 Squadron. On February 10, 1942, while testing aircraft, Mr. Dove was involved in an accident and convalesced at East Grinstead Hospital in England. Upon recovery, Mr. Dove spent the remainder of his war time with Ferry Command, ferrying single-engine aircraft. Later in life and because of his wonderful experiences at East Grinstead Hospital, he became a member of the Guinea Pig Club and continues to share friendships forged during those years. Mr. Dove married after the war and moved to Kamloops, British Columbia.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Orvel Dove
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Air Force

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