In 1939, he worked for Warwickshire County Council on (honestly) "Egg Laying Trials"
prev. RAF from 3 Mar 1941
prev. exp. "some experience on fighter types, including Spitfires", in UK, Miami and Oklahoma, USA
3FPP from 24 Jul 1943
"gave the impression of being casual and rather uninterested.. this may be only his manner but he should realise it is apt to give the wrong impression to others"
"An average pilot who has tried hard and made normal progress"
One accident, not his fault:
- 23 Jan 1944, the accident in which John Hawkey was fatally injured and Pilot Officer Edward Vincent suffered severe burns; his Beaufighter was hit by a Mustang landing on the wrong runway at Hawarden.
Eric was admitted to Derby Royal Infirmary and then RAF Hospital Cosford with burns to his face and hands, transferred to the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead on 19 Oct 1944 and became a member of 'The Guinea Pig Club' - one of 649 Allied Aircrew treated there for burns injuries.
m. 1946 in Cambridge, Muriel Maud Allgood; one son Rupert b. 1947
d. 24 Nov 1983 - Derby