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Celebrating the release of The Sky Above Us! Today I’m featuring historical photos plus photos from my research trip to England and Normandy that relate to the aerial aspect of D-day.

The Sky Above Us – Tour: D-Day in the Air

To celebrate the release of The Sky Above Us, I’m conducting a photo tour of locations from the novel that I saw on my research trip to England and Normandy. London! Today—D-day in the Air Duxford Air Museum The Queen Mary (sister ship of the Queen Elizabeth) In The Sky Above Us, US fighter pilot Lt. Adler Paxton flies a P-51 Mustang in treacherous dogfights with the German Luftwaffe as the Allies battle for air ... Read Article
US evacuation hospital tents on the Anzio beachhead, Italy, spring 1944, revetted for protection from bombs and shells (US Army Medical Dept.)

Courage Under Fire – US Hospitals at Anzio

Courage under fire. When we hear that phrase, we picture a soldier in the trenches, a sailor manning his guns, or a pilot dodging enemy fighter planes. But how about nurses and physicians? In one of my novels, On Distant Shores, the hero serves as a pharmacist in the US 93rd Evacuation Hospital in World War II. On January 23, 1944, the 93rd Evac landed at Anzio, Italy, one day after American and British forces had la... Read Article
Thanksgiving in World War II: how Thanksgiving was celebrated in the military and on the US home front during World War II.

Thanksgiving in World War II

During World War II, political wrangling over the date to celebrate Thanksgiving, rationing and shortages, restrictions on travel, and disruptions to treasured traditions might have altered plans, but the spirit prevailed. The country paused to gather with family, reflect on blessings, and thank the Lord—the giver of all good gifts. Norman Rockwell’s beautiful “Freedom from Want” painting made its debut in 19... Read Article
Medical Air Evacuation in World War II, part 3: The Flight Nurse - training, uniforms, duties, and dangers.

Medical Air Evacuation in World War II – The Flight Nurse

For Lt. Kay Jobson, flight nursing meant more than physical care. It meant reconnecting a broken soldier with the shards of his humanity. Kay assessed her planeload of patients en route from Italy to Tunisia. A restless lot, downhearted. That wouldn’t do. She headed to the front of the C-47 cargo plane. The soldiers had been wounded on the battered beachhead at Anzio or in one of the many bloody failed attempts to ... Read Article
Medical Air Evacuation in World War II, part 2: follow one patient from the battlefield to the airfield and through his flight.

Medical Air Evacuation in WWII – One Patient’s Journey

Flight nurse Lt. Georgie Taylor smiled at Private Hawkins, who was recovering from abdominal surgery due to a rifle wound. “We’ll be in Tunisia . . .” He was too pale. Restless. His hand chilled her. Georgie leaned closer, her mind tingling with concern. “Are you all right?” “Thirsty.” He rubbed his throat with white fingers. She wrapped her hand around his wrist to measure his pulse—rapid as she fear... Read Article
Medical Air Evacuation in World War II, part 1: How air evacuation began, how it was used in WWII, and the aircraft used.

Medical Air Evacuation in World War II

“Do you have room for one more litter case?” the doctor asked. “Private Jenkins needs a thoracic surgeon. The nearest hospital’s in Cefalù, a long ambulance ride over rough roads. By air he’ll be in Mateur in two hours.” Flight nurse Lt. Mellie Blake stared at the unconscious patient. He lay on a litter, his torso swaddled in white gauze. Bloody streaks painted his face, arms, and khaki pants. “We’re... Read Article
US Army Nurse Corps in World War II, part 4 - Nursing Practice

Army Nursing in World War II – Nursing Practice

During World War II, members of the US Army Nurse Corps took care of the sick and wounded throughout the world, often in dangerous and difficult conditions. These brave women inspired four of my novels (A Memory Between Us and the Wings of the Nightingale series), so I’m sharing a four-part series on US Army nursing during the war. Part 1: Who Could Serve in the US Army Nurse Corps Part 2: Recruitment, Training, an... Read Article
US Army Nurse Corps in World War II, part 3 - Uniforms

Army Nursing in World War II – Uniforms

During World War II, members of the US Army Nurse Corps took care of the sick and wounded throughout the world, often in dangerous and difficult conditions. These brave women inspired four of my novels (A Memory Between Us and the Wings of the Nightingale series), so I’m sharing a four-part series on US Army nursing during the war. Part 1: Who Could Serve in the US Army Nurse Corps Part 2: Recruitment, Training... Read Article
The US Army Nurse Corps in World War II, part 2 - how were Army nurses recruited and trained, and what military rank they held.

Army Nursing in World War II – Training and Rank

During World War II, members of the US Army Nurse Corps took care of the sick and wounded throughout the world, often in dangerous and difficult conditions. These brave women inspired four of my novels (A Memory Between Us and the Wings of the Nightingale series), so I’m sharing a four-part series on US Army nursing during the war. Part 1: Who Could Serve in the US Army Nurse Corps Part 2: Recruitment, Training... Read Article

Army Nursing in World War II – Who Could Serve

During World War II, members of the US Army Nurse Corps took care of the sick and wounded throughout the world, often in dangerous and difficult conditions. These brave women inspired four of my novels (A Memory Between Us and the Wings of the Nightingale series), so I’m sharing a four-part series on US Army nursing during the war. Part 1: Who Could Serve in the US Army Nurse Corps Part 2: Recruitment, Training... Read Article