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AIR EVACUATION BY THE AAF
An estimated 700,000 sick and wounded patients of the American and Allied forces have been transported by the Army Air Forces in all theaters of operations since air evacuation became a military necessity in 1942, it was announced by Major Gen. David N. W. Grant, the Air Surgeon. More than 525,000, or 75 per cent, of this total were transported in 1944, with the Ninth and Twelfth Air Forces carrying the larger part of the increased traffic as the result of the offensive in western Europe.Approximately 57 per cent of the 1944 total has been Army Ground Forces and Army Service Forces personnel, 28 per cent British and other Allies, 5 per cent Navy and Marines, 7 per cent Army Air Forces and 3 per cent prisoners of war and civilians. Thus all arms and services have benefited both in health and
MEDICINE AND THE WAR. JAMA. 1945;127(9):525–527. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860090031012