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Military Nurse: handling litters onboard-USAF nurses / this is where my Aunt Frieda served as a Nurse for most of her career. Have a pic of her in flight jacket, helmet, pants like these, and boots!

Jane Kendeigh was the first flight nurse in history to set foot upon an active battlefield when she landed on Iwo Jima in support of an aerial evacuation in March 1945. She was also the first flight nurse to land on Okinawa.

The first Navy flight nurse on Iwo Jima March and later Okinawa April ENS Jane Kendeigh, NC, USNR, became a symbol for casualty evacuation and high altitude nursing.

U.S. Army nurses prepping for a fly mission, World War II.

Military nurses enjoy some camaraderie as they prepare to fly a mission. (Not WASPs -- note their medical insignia on jackets] Photo from the NM Museum of Military History

Just added this to my Wish List: Cate Lineberry’s first book The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses & Medics Behind Nazi Lines. It is one of the greatest forgotten stories of World War II. When 26 Army Air Forces flight nurses and medics board a military transport plane in Nov. 1943, they never anticipate a crash landing in Nazi territory, or their ensuing months-long fight to survive. http://www.amazon.com/The-Secret-Rescue-Untold-American/dp/0316220221

The compelling untold story of a group of stranded U. Army nurses and medics fighting to escape Nazi-occupied Europe. When 26 Army nurses and medics – part of the Medical Air Evacuation Transport.

Flying nurses of the USAAF Ninth Troop Carrier Command, wearing special mac coats (Trench Coats) with hoods in case of wet weather at their base in England during the Second World War March 1944 ~

Women in WWII - Flying nurses of the USAAF Ninth Troop Carrier Command, wearing special mac coats (Trench Coats) with hoods in case of wet weather at their base in England during the Second World War March 1944 ~

The flight nurses who served in World War II were brave and innovative. Author Sarah Sundin shares about the WWII flight nurses on Mona Hodgson's blog, plus a giveaway of Sarah's WWII flight nurse novel, In Perfect Time. Giveaway September 3, 2014 only! (Photo: Flight nurses at Bowman Field, Kentucky; USAF photo)

At the Army Air Force 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 transport.

Flight nurses of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron show their worn-out shoes after returning to Italy, 9 January 1944. On 8 November 1943 a C-53 carrying 13 flight nurses and 13 medics of the 807th MAETS crash-landed in Nazi-occupied Albania. Over the next 2 months, they will all safely escape by foot back to Allied territory.

Flight nurses of the Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron show off the holes in their shoes. Their plane went down in Nazi-occupied Albania on 8 November and they were rescued and returned to Italy 9 January

The women went to the air as well, as pilots, delivering much needed equipment and planes to the men in the field.  These brave women of the Women's Air Service Patrol sacrificed much with little to no recognition.  Some made the ultimate sacrifice, only to be forgotten by their government at the end of WWII.

Four pilots leaving their plane, "Pistol Packin' Mama" at the four-engine school at Lockbourne AAF, Ohio, during WASP ferry training Flying Fortress. "Pistol Packin Mama" was a AF assigned to the BG flying out of Italy during

Lillian Kinkella Keil, flight nurse during two wars, made 250 evacuation flights (23 of which were transatlantic) during World War II and 175 evacuation flights during the Korean War, becoming one of the most decorated women in US military history ~

Lillian Kinkella Keil, flight nurse during two wars, made 250 evacuation flights of which were transatlantic) during World War II and 175 evacuation flights during the Korean War, becoming one of the most decorated women in US military history

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