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Audio slideshow: RAF Guinea Pig Club in World War II

Loughborough's Iris Kirby was 25 when her husband Jack, a pilot in World War II, was involved in a plane accident.

Jack escaped alive but needed dramatic treatment to rebuild his face and regain full use of his body.

During his hospitalisation he became a member of the Guinea Pig Club, a social group formed by patients of the pioneering plastic surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe.

McIndoe not only reconstructed the men's disfigured faces, he also worked to reintegrate them back into everyday life.


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