Title: The Guinea Pig Club
Archibald McIndoe and the RAF in World War II
Author: Emily Mayhew
Forewords by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH Prince Harry
Specs: 234 x 156 mm portrait, PB, 240 pp, black & white
Publishing: 14 August 2018
“Mayhew is to be commended on an outstanding addition to expanding our knowledge …” Airforce Magazine
Plastic surgery was in its infancy before the Second World War. The Allies were tremendously fortunate in having the New Zealand surgeon Archibald McIndoe operating at a small hospital in East Grinstead in the south of England. McIndoe set up a revolutionary treatment regime for survivors of plane crashes. He secured his group of patients — dubbed the Guinea Pig Club — an honoured place in society as heroes of the air war.
For the first time official records have been used to explore this remarkable relationship between the Guinea Pig Club, the RAF and the Home Front. This New Zealand/UK/Canada co-edition includes new material on McIndoe’s early life in Dunedin, and a foreword by HRH Prince Harry, and links to a major new film.