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The Guinea Pig Club

Celebrating 75 years of the Club

Seventy-five years ago a group of young men – mostly RAF aircrew who survived fiery crashes during the Second World War – formed a social club during their long recoveries and called themselves The Guinea Pig Club, in honour of the experimental treatments of pioneering plastic surgeon, Sir Archibald McIndoe. The RAF Benevolent Fund is proud to have supported The Guinea Pig Club since its inception and has provided assistance to many of its members over the years.

Here, we tell the story of the Club, some of its members, and Sir Archibald, and we invite you to leave a message for the Guinea Pigs for a Book of Gratitude we will be giving the Club to thank them for that they did during the war.

BLOGS

  • Robert 'Mac' Mathieson, member of the Guinea Pig Club
    "Archibald McIndoe did change my life, he made life worth living"

    At 22-years-old, Robert 'Mac' Mathieson was left blinded when his Lancaster's windscreen suddenly exploded. Due to the nature of Mac's injuries, he was treated by the pioneering plastic surgeon Archibald McIndoe, becoming one of his 'guinea pigs.'

VIDEOS

Watch our interviews with members of The Guinea Pig Club who share their stories of World War Two.

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