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Air Evacuation in France

Air Evacuation in France
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Title: Air Evacuation in France
Description: Wisconsin military personnel load a patient covered with a blanket on a stretcher onto a Douglas C-47 Skytrain cargo plane during an air evacuation in Normandy, France. Names, (left to right) are Lieutenant Josephine Sansone Russo of Milwaukee, Captain K.W. Covell, a physician from Racine, and Private James Dietrich of Sheboygan. Robert Doyle, war correspondent for the Milwaukee Journal, made the trip from England with a load of large containers of blood. After the supplies were unloaded, they filled the plane with wounded and flew back to an English hospital. Doyle wrote a caption for this image although it was not published at that time, "Wisconsin nurse and medical soldiers put wounded men aboard an ambulance plane at an airfield on the Normandy beachhead. (See names above.) Russo is stationed in England and flies with planes taking wounded from France. Captain Covell and Private Dietrich are based in Normandy."

Image ID: 100313
July 27, 1944 
Doyle, Robert
Doyle, Robert. Papers : 1935-1974, 1995
Genre: Photograph
Robert Doyle was a civilian war correspondent for the Milwaukee Journal during World War II, covering the experiences of Wisconsin troops in the 32nd "Red Arrow" Division, an infantry division of the United States Army National Guard. The "Red Arrow" Division consisted mainly of soldiers from Wisconsin and Michigan.
Subjects: Medical equipment & supplies
Airplane, Military
Armed Forces
Military uniforms
War casualties
World War, 1939-1945
Outdoor photography
First aid in illness and injury
Air bases

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