Jack Perry was one of the last surviving members of the ‘Guinea Pig Club’, the organisation established in 1941 for badly burned airman who were treated by the pioneering plastic surgeon Sir Archie McIndoe. Perry suffered 80% burns to his face, ears and hands when his halifax bomber crashed in flames in 1944. Over the next two years he underwent 30 operations. In later life he became the social secretary of the club and inspired his colleagues and those who suffered in later conflicts. For his work he was appointed MBE.
The photograph shows him (second right) with fellow Guinea Pigs in front of a Halifax at the Yorkshire Air Museum.
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