Medicine: Flying Hospitals

It is a 21-day muleback trip from Buna or Lae to the base hospital at Port Moresby. But Army hospital planes made it in 45 minutes, evacuated 17,000 men during the recent campaign. Since their organization last December,* the Air Forces' Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadrons have moved in New Guinea and Tunisia, or lugged to the U.S. from the Southwest Pacific, Alaska, Africa or India, or shuttled around the U.S. 50,000 ill and wounded men. Only two deaths have occurred in flight. Creator of the system: the A.A.F.'s air surgeon, Brigadier General David N. W. Grant.

Into Danger. Flying hospital personnel,...

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