Published May 01, 2015
At the AAF School of Air Evacuation at Bowman Field, Ky., student flight nurses learned how to handle patients with the aid of a mock-up fuselage of a Douglas C-47 transport. (U.S. Air Force photo)
In July 1943, 2nd Lt. Ruth M. Gardiner died in an aircraft crash en route to evacuating patients in Alaska. She was the first USAAF flight nurse killed in a combat theater. (U.S. Air Force photo)
An evacuation plane could be loaded and airborne within 10 minutes, usually with one flight nurse and one medical technician. A flight surgeon briefed the nurse on each patient's condition prior to takeoff, and during the flight she was responsible for the safety and comfort of the patients. Here, Lt. Katye Swope checks patients being evacuated from Sicily to Africa for further medical treatment in July 1943. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Flight nurse Lt. Mae Olson takes the name of a wounded American soldier being placed aboard a C-47 for air evacuation from Guadalcanal in 1943. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Snapshot of three flight nurses in their flying gear in Great Britain. (Photo courtesy AFRL Research Division)
A medical technician and a flight nurse (lower right corner) tend to patients on a C-54 aircraft. The C-54 allowed larger numbers of patients to be air evacuated great distances. (Photo courtesy AFRL Research Division)
A C-47 air evacuation team from the 803rd Air Evacuation Transportation Squadron, Lt. Pauline Curry and Tech. Sgt. Lewis Marker, check a patient on a flight over India. (U.S. Air Force photo)
USAAF Flight Nurse Badge.
DAYTON, Ohio -- "Winged Angels: USAAF Flight Nurses in WWII" exhibit in the World War II Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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