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1st Lt. Suella Bernard

Two of the first flight nurses to make evacuation flights into Normandy after D-Day, Lts. Suella Bernard (left) and Marijean Brown (center) are greeted by Lt. Foster, their head nurse. They are holding poppies they brought back from the Normandy beachhead. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Two of the first flight nurses to make evacuation flights into Normandy after D-Day, Lts. Suella Bernard (left) and Marijean Brown (center) are greeted by Lt. Foster, their head nurse. They are holding poppies they brought back from the Normandy beachhead. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Lt. Suella Bernard tends to patients in one of the two CG-4A gliders before the C-47s arrived. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Lt. Suella Bernard tends to patients in one of the two CG-4A gliders before the C-47s arrived. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The CG-4A glider with Lt. Suella Bernard in the right-hand seat of the cockpit just as the glider is being snatched by a C-47. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The CG-4A glider with Lt. Suella Bernard in the right-hand seat of the cockpit just as the glider is being snatched by a C-47. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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)

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)

On March 22, 1945, two CG-4A gliders landed in a clearing near the bridgehead at Remagen, Germany, to evacuate 25 severely injured American and German casualties. Once the gliders were loaded, C-47 transports successfully snatched them from their landing site and towed them to a military hospital in France. In the second glider, 1st Lt. Suella V. Bernard, who had volunteered for the mission, cared for the wounded en route. One of the first two nurses to fly into Normandy after the D-Day invasion, Bernard became the only nurse known to have participated in a glider combat mission during World War II. For this mission, she received the Air Medal.

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