The scope of the job that U.S. air ambulances are now doing was sketched last week in cold figures:
¶ 173,527 ill and wounded soldiers,* most of them Americans, were evacuated by U.S. military planes last year, with only eleven deaths during flight.
¶ 3,260 of the wounded were serious emergency cases, flown from war theaters direct to the U.S. for fuller treatment.
¶ Number of cases evacuated by air from major fronts: 70,808 from New Guinea, 58,479 from Tunisia, Sicily and Italy, 24,767 from the Solomons.
Said Air Surgeon Major General David N. W. Grant: "Air evacuation . . . has contributed...