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Over eight eventful decades, from 1918 to 2000 and beyond, the RAF's own nursing service has tended the sick and wounded, developing unique skills in in-flight nursing. Now the fascinating story is revealed in this book.

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Sky Wards: A History of the Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service by Mary Mackie

Over eight eventful decades, from 1918 to 2000 and beyond, the RAF's own nursing service has tended the sick and wounded, developing unique skills in in-flight nursing. Now, for the first time, the full and fascinating story is revealed in Sky Wards. After the Great War ended, the service's continued existence - along with that of the RAF itself - was the cause of bitter discord in Whitehall. But the Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service survived, and expanded, called for duty across three continents during the Second World War. Since 1945 its members have cared for casualties of other conflicts, from Korea to the Balkans, plus thousands of individual peacetime emergencies, many of which are chronicled in this book. The author has also compiled the first complete lists of RAF hospitals at home and overseas. These locations, from Iceland to Japan yield a wealth of true-life reminiscences. The stories of desert dust, Arctic ice, lost limbs and bullet wounds, snakes, romance, malaria, the black 'Dick', and the dreaded mosquito boots are vividly told in the words of those who were there, adding a human - and often hilarious - dimension to this well researched and immensely readable history. Sky Wards is essential reading for anyone with an interest in nursing, or in the RAF, or simply in an extraordinary account of the indomitable human spirit.

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About Mary Mackie


Mary Mackie was born in Lincoln but, as an RAF wife, has experienced life in various places around Britain and in Europe. She is the author of over sixty books. Her non-fiction includes the best-selling Cobwebs and Cream Teas and Dry Rot and Daffodils, memoirs of life behind the scenes with the National Trust. Her contemporary suspense novels and historical sagas have been published worldwide, in many languages. She also writes articles on themes of history and writing, and is a much sought-after speaker and broadcaster. In the 1960s Mary Mackie served with the WRAF at RAF Waddington. There she met her husband who, during his long air force career, came under the care of the PMRAFNS at RAF hospitals St Athan, Glamorgan; Steamer Point, Aden; Nocton Hall, Lincolnshire; and Cosford, Shropshire. The Mackies currently live in West Norfolk.

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GOR004774033
Sky Wards: A History of the Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service by Mary Mackie
Mary Mackie
Used - Very Good
Hardback
The Crowood Press Ltd
2001-10-31
384
0709069766
9780709069768
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