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Michael Bentine

Michael Bentine CBE was a comedian, comic actor, and founding member of The Goons.

Once in the RAF he went through flight training. He was the penultimate man going through a medical line receiving inoculations for typhoid with the other flight candidates in his class (they were going to Canada to receive new aircraft) when the vaccine ran out. They refilled the bottle to inoculate him and the other man as well. By mistake they loaded a pure culture of typhoid. The other man died immediately, and Bentine was in a coma for six weeks. When he regained consciousness his eyesight was ruined, leaving him myopic for the rest of his life. Since he was no longer physically qualified for flight, he was transferred to RAF Intelligence and seconded to MI9 a unit that was dedicated to supporting resistance movements and help prisoners escape. His immediate superior was the Colditz escapee Airey Neave.

He left the Goons to work on his own radio series. Bentine spent two years in Australia (195455).

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Bentine's advice to counter terrorist units inside the SAS

Michael Bentine biography and credits at BFI Screenonline

The Spike Milligan Appreciation Society

Michael Bentine @ FashionState.com

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