From the September 25, 1944 issue of Stars and Stripes

U.S. AIR TRANSPORT COMMAND BASE, Britain, Sept. 24 (AP) – Home is only 24 hours away for hundreds of American soldiers wounded in Europe. They are evacuated from the battlefields in big transport planes and flown back to England, where they are transferred to even larger transports that speed them across the Atlantic in 24 hours or less.

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Flight Nurses train to evacuate casualties at Bowman Field, Kentucky.

Once back in the States, soldiers are flown to Army hospitals—those nearest their home towns whenever possible.

“Evacuation by air is the greatest moral stimulant that is possible to give these men,” said Lt. Col. Raymond Libin, of Baltimore, Army Medical officer in charge of air evacuation.

Most men certainly are in high spirits when leaving here. “I just wired my family that I’m leaving,” grinned a sergeant injured in the Seigfried Line fighting. For him, home is a farm in Wisconsin.

The majority of the casualties rushed home by air are those in need of special medical treatment.

The records of these flights are outstanding. In six months since experimental air evacuation was begun in this theater, there has been only one major accident. Each transatlantic airliner carries an average of 20 patients, but never more than six completely bedridden litter cases. This is to facilitate the abandonment of the plane in case of emergency. A flight nurse goes along to look after patients, often accompanied by a GI technician.

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