Guinea Pig Club badge : Flight Lieutenant William Mitchell Stanley, RAAF

Accession Number REL/15085
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Badge
Physical description Metal
Date made c 1941 - 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Small silver metal badge in the form of a guinea pig with wings.

History / Summary

Flight Lieutenant William Mitchell Stanley, RAAF, was badly burnt when he landed in his blazing aircraft in September 1944. He was pulled from his plane by Wing Commander Jack Napier Davenport, RAAF, who was awarded the George Medal for his bravery in the rescue.

Stanley was subsequently treated under pioneering reconstructive surgeon Dr (later Sir) Archibald McIndoe at the Queen Victoria Hospital near the village of East Grinstead. McIndoe's patients, including Stanley, formed the 'Guinea Pig Club' for their role in the development of untried plastic and reconstructive surgical techniques.

Stanley was discharged from the RAAF in May 1946.