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January 20, 1945


JAMA. 1945;127(3):163-164. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860030035013

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FLIGHT NURSE SAVES LIFE OF PATIENT INJURED IN CRASH LANDING  The War Department recently revealed the heroic action by a flight nurse aboard an Air Transport Command evacuation plane in the South Pacific. Second Lieut. Mary Louise Hawkins, Redwood City, Calif., was the flight nurse in charge of 24 litter patients, Palau battle casualties, en route to Guadalcanal when the plane began running short of gasoline. The pilot, passing over a tiny island, noted a clearing 150 feet square fringed by tall coconut palms and decided to attempt a crash landing in this restricted area rather than ditch the plane at sea. During the landing of the C-47 a propeller tore a hole in the side of the fuselage; patients and crew were uninjured with one exception. The injured man received a severe cut in his throat, which

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