One of those pilots, Richard Hillary, wrote a book about his time there: The Last Enemy (or sometimes published as Falling Through Space).
Project Gutenberg Australia has it on line.
Shortly after my arrival at the Masonic the Air Force plastic surgeon, A. H. McIndoe, had come up to see me, but as I had been blind at the time I could recollect his visit but vaguely, remembering only that he had ordered the gentian violet to be removed from my eyes and saline compresses to be applied instead, with the result that shortly afterwards I had been able to see. He was expected this time at about eleven o'clock, but I was ready a good hour before, bathed and shaved and dressings elaborately correct. The charge nurse ushered him in fussily. Of medium height, he was thick-set and the line of his jaw was square. Behind his horn-rimmed spectacles a pair of tired friendly eyes regarded me speculatively. 'Well,' he said, 'you certainly made a thorough job of it, didn't you?' He started to undo the dressings on my hands and I noticed his fingers--blunt, capable, incisive. By now all the tannic had been removed from my face and hands. He took a scalpel and tapped lightly on something white showing through the red granulating knuckle of my right forefinger. 'Bone,' he remarked laconically. He looked at the badly contracted eyelids and the rapidly forming keloids, and pursed his lips. 'Four new eyelids, I'm afraid, but you're not ready for them yet. I want all this skin to soften up a lot first. How would you like to go to the south coast for a bit?' He mentioned the official R.A.F. convalescent hospital on the south coast, generously supplied with golf courses, tennis and squash courts. But as I could not use my hands, and abhorred seaside resorts in winter, I wasn't very enthusiastic. I asked instead whether I could go down to a convalescent home a couple of miles from his hospital. He raised no objection and said that he would fix it with the Commandant. 'And I'll be able to keep an eye on you there,' he added. He had got up to go when I asked him how long it would be before I should fly again. I had asked the same question on his previous visit, and when he had said 'Six months' I had been desperately depressed for days. Now when he said, 'Next war for you: those hands are going to be something of a problem,' I wasn't even surprised. I suppose I had known it for some time. I felt no emotion at all. He took his leave and I went off to have lunch with my mother. Two days later, after the disentangling of a few crossed wires in official circles, Air Ministry permission came through and I was driven down to Sussex.
The next day McIndoe took down the dressing from my eyes and I saw again. 'A couple of real horse blinkers you've got there,' he said; and indeed for a day or so that is what they felt like. In order to see in front of me I had to turn my face up to the ceiling. They moulded in very rapidly, and soon I could raise and lower them at will. It was a remarkable piece of surgery, and an operation in which McIndoe had yet to score a failure. Shortly afterwards I was allowed to have a bath and soak the bandage off my arm from where the graft had been taken. This laborious and painful process had already taken me half an hour when Sister Hall came in. I was down to the last layer, which I was pulling at gingerly, hurting myself considerably in the process. 'Well, really, Mister Hillary!' she said; and taking hold of it she gave a quick pull and ripped the whole thing off cleanly and painlessly. 'Christ!' I started involuntarily, but stopped myself and glanced apprehensively at Sister's face. She was smiling. Yes, there was no doubt about it, she was smiling. We said nothing, but from that moment we understood each other. Tony's graft had been a success, and within a few days we were allowed out for a fortnight's convalescence before coming in again for further operations. As I was getting ready to go, Sister took me on one side and slipped a small package into my hand. 'You'll be wanting to look your best for the girls, Mr. Hillary, and I've put in some brown make-up powder that should help you.' I started to protest but she cut me short. 'You'll be in again in a couple of weeks,' she said. 'Time enough for us to start quarrelling then.' We returned after a short but very pleasant convalescence--Tony for his last operation, one top lid, and I for two lower ones. This time when the dressings were taken down I looked exactly like an orang-outang. McIndoe had pinched out two semicircular ledges of skin under my eyes to allow for contraction of the new lids. What was not absorbed was to be sliced off when I came in for my next operation, a new upper lip. The relief, however, was enormous, for now I could close my eyes almost completely and did not sleep with them rolled up and the whites showing like a frightened negro. Once again we retired to our convalescent home, where our hostess did everything possible to relieve the monotony of our existence. She gave a large party on Christmas night, and every few weeks brought down stage or screen people to cheer up the patients.
there is more at the link.
Much of the story is about flying, and later the recovery from wounds of both the body and the soul. It is a classic on many levels.
I lent my hard copy of the book to my son in law, a helicopter pilot, when he was visiting (and bored). He loved it and asked if he could take it home with him.