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 his only hope.”

With Every Letter, p. 379 (Wings of the Nightingale #1)

Please see my blog series on medical air evacuation in WWII:

Medical Air Evacuation in World War II

Medical Air Evacuation in WWII–One Patient’s Journey

Medical Air Evacuation in WWII–The Flight Nurse


6 Responses to “Medical Air Evacuation in World War II”

  1. Gabrielle E.

    I did not know Ike was involved. He is one of my favorite presidents and it was neat to see that he was involved.

  2. Karen Barnett

    Whew! The lack of ventilation, heat/AC, and pressurization doesn’t make it sound like a pleasant ride. I’m surprised there was so little airsickness. And I’ll think twice before complaining about the cramped conditions on today’s commercial aircraft.

    I love all the historic photographs! What a treat.

  3. Heart2Heart

    I never realized just how hard things were for women until I read your book. You would think it would have been a no brainer to have women nurses on board. You brought out so many things for my to consider, such as the way men treated women like they were in fact inferior to the men on those flights even though it was the care from the women that kept most of those men alive and most of all encouraged them and gave them hope. I LOVE your books!

  4. Sophie parent

    I’m sure it was hot,sticky,smelly bumpy,exausthing,challenging…it’s must if been wonderfull to be a pionner for women in aviation and in nursing. Still get weird look,s if you’re a women in aviation today. Thank’s for a wonderfull reading i’ve finish all four of your books in three week’s cant wait for the next one!!!

  5. Anne L.

    I didn’t realize how air pressure would be a factor in determining who was eligible for evacuation…and the heat and cold! a difficult job for many reasons…

  6. Vickie J.

    I started reading With Every Letter over the weekend. (So nice to have a matching book mark to go with my book.) I’m enjoying the book so far and learning some history in the meantime, which was not my favorite subject in school. Thanks for the education that comes along with the pleasure of reading a good book.