Final Flight: The Search for DF626

In 1943, Canadian Hank Ernst and his crew crashed their Wellington aircraft near Exeter, England. Ernst's hands, face and leg were badly burned. He and 177 other Canadians became members of The Guinea Pigs club, so called because of the experimental nature of their rehabilitation. Each soldier faced dozens of operations, the trauma of disfigurement, and the emotional struggle to return to normal life. But the Allies' best surgeons employed groundbreaking medical and psychological techniques, literally rebuilding the soldiers' smashed and burned bodies and spirits. In Final Flight, Ernst and the remaining 33 members of the Canadian wing of The Guinea Pigs gather for the last time to disband an affiliation. But Ernst's story continues as we follow his quest to locate the crash site more than 60 years ago. This is a very personal journey of remembrance.
Article # : Y8R-04-07
Production year(s) : 2004
Duration : 00:44:42
Age : 12+
Show : CBC Documentary Special
Categories : Canadian History
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