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The Guinea Pig Club

Who are The Guinea Pig Club?

During the Second World War a group of young men – mostly RAF aircrew who survived fiery crashes – 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, the Guinea Pig Club members, and Sir Archibald.