Goldfish Caterpillars & Guinea Pigs: Accounts of Pilots and Air Crews from World War II (hardback edition)

Author(s): Colin Pateman 

ISBN: 9781781550786
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Accounts of pilots and aircrews who experienced life saving events, enabling exclusive membership rites to very special clubs.
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The RAF and Commonwealth air crews were bound by regulations and discipline during WWII. Survival was by no means a certainty, with casualties becoming a part of everyday life. The evolution of non-established clubs was recognised and regarded as an important area within RAF history that boosted moral. The regulations flexed to allow membership pins and badges to be worn on RAF and Commonwealth flying uniforms. This book allows the reader to experience a number of individual stories and understand the relevance of being a:

‘Goldfish’ (Lives saved by the use of personal life preservers and dinghies),
‘Caterpillar’ (Lives saved by parachutes) or:
‘Guinea Pig’ (Lives saved by pioneering surgery conducted by Archibald McIndoe at the Queen Victoria Hospital Sussex)

In many instances the accounts are recalled in great detail from the official records of medals and awards. True heroism and gallant deeds supported by original photographs create an easy to read book, revealing areas of interest not previously visited in this format.

BOOK ISBN 9781781550786
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 256 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 September 2012
ILLUSTRATIONS 110 black and white photographs



Colin Pateman served for 32 years in Sussex Police, a qualified Home Office Instructor in all Police Dog roles. In addition, the specific search dog requirements with the armed services saw him trained by the Royal Engineers, and deployed as a search advisor in both his home county and Nationally.

He is an avid collector of military medals and memorabilia, with a particular interest in the Royal Air Force. The author of Airborne Animals and Cockpit Companions and the Co-author of Unwanted Hero.