My Uncle was a member of the Guinea Pig Club and I have the great privilege of having met many of the great gentlemen seen in the clip. The Guinea Pig Club is open only to people who were operated upon, at least 10 times, by one man: Sir Archibald McIndoe. Mainly severely burned bomber and fighter crews from WW2.
My uncle is seen in several shots and stills in this video. (Second from left at 2:55 etc.)
His Lancaster bomber crashed while taking off.
He had a Pedicle graft to his nose as seen in the clip, Outer ears burned off. Left eye removed on his 19th birthday. Skin grafts to his eyelids meant he had to shave them every day. All fingers were amputated down to the second joint, so they cut into his palms to give him more grip. Nose & lip reconstruction too. Lots of grafts.
He had more than 80 reconstructive operations "on the slab" (under anesthetic)
Tags: RAF, Lancaster, bomber, fighter, guinea pig, guinea pig club,
Location: East Grinstead, West Sussex, United Kingdom (UK/GB) (load item map)
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