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C-47 Hospital Ship

This photograph, taken June 15, 1945, shows a soldier who was wounded fighting in the hill positions of Negros, Philippine Islands. An ambulance of the 37th Field Hospital brought him to the waiting Douglas C-47 Skytrain, 65th Troop Carrier Squadron, for evacuation to a Leyte General Hospital. (U.S. Air Force photo)

This photograph, taken June 15, 1945, shows a soldier who was wounded fighting in the hill positions of Negros, Philippine Islands. An ambulance of the 37th Field Hospital brought him to the waiting Douglas C-47 Skytrain, 65th Troop Carrier Squadron, for evacuation to a Leyte General Hospital. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The cabin interior of the museum's C-47 has been equipped for a medical evacuation flight. During World War II and the Korean War, C-47s sometimes served dual purposes on the same mission. Supplies might be flown to a combat area, and as soon as the aircraft was unloaded, litters might be installed to carry sick and wounded personnel on the return flight. The impracticality of changing aircraft markings before such medical flights meant the aircraft bore no identification as a hospital ship so the crew and patients on board had no greater degree of safety from enemy attack than if the aircraft was hauling combat supplies.

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