For the pilots badly burned in the Second World War HE was the hero. Using pioneering plastic surgery techniques Sir Archibald McIndoe rebuilt the horribly scarred faces and limbs of men who came to be known as the Guinea Pig Club.
And soon there will be a permanent tribute to the surgeon and his ground-breaking work - a bronze sculpture which will be placed in East Grinstead. It was known as the town that did not stare. Video report from Charlotte Wilkins.
For many years no-one knew how to treat burns victims left badly scarred by fire. Then during the Second World War a surgeon in Sussex pioneered plastic surgery to help repair damaged faces and limbs. The ground breaking work of Sir Archibald McIndoe is to be remembered in a new statue.
The sculptor tasked with capturing the surgeon's likeness will bring his own personal insight to the project. His father was one of Sir Archibald patients, and the commission came about purely by chance. Penny Silvester reports.