Sir Archibald McIndoe, the New Zealand plastic surgeon who pioneered innovative operating and treatment methods for RAF pilots during World War Two, died in England on 11 April 1960, aged 59.
To mark the day, here are three newspaper stories from the Archive that report on McIndoe’s life and brilliant work.
And we shudder at the thought of these skin graft operations performed with a razor blade!
Derby Daily Telegraph – Monday 29 May 1944
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Dundee Courier – Friday 16 January 1948
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Aberdeen Journal – Friday 05 January 1945
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