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1st Lt. Aleda E. Lutz

1st Lt. Aleda E. Lutz. (U.S. Air Force photo)

1st Lt. Aleda E. Lutz. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Lt. Aleda E. Lutz (kneeling) attending patients. She had an Army hospital ship and a Veterans Affairs medical center named in her honor. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Lt. Aleda E. Lutz (kneeling) attending patients. She had an Army hospital ship and a Veterans Affairs medical center named in her honor. (U.S. Air Force photo)

One of the most celebrated flight nurses of World War II, 1st Lt. Aleda E. Lutz flew 196 missions and evacuated over 3,500 men. In November 1944, during an evacuation flight from the front lines near Lyons, Italy, her C-47 crashed killing all aboard. Awarded the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, she posthumously received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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