Captain Vivian M. Gersema at Offutt AFB with her flying hospital, a C-54. 44-9077 was dubbed an “MC-54M” due to its medical role. Gersema started her military service as a flight nurse in WWII. She eventually attained the rank of colonel.
Having flown a medevac missions myself, there is always room for flight nurses in the cockpit.
Civilian nurses are briefed on the finer points of aeromedical care.
2 thoughts on “Vivian Gersema, US Air Force Nurse Corps, 1953”
I found your blog while doing research on AAF and USAF flight nurses for the historical fiction chronicles that I author “Twelve O’Clock High: Into The Wind.” Would you please tell me where you found the recruiting film and other photos of the flight nurses in your blog post? You can send a message if you wish. Thanks. C. https://www.facebook.com/cea.kaey https://www.facebook.com/12-OClock-High-319877014704556/
The photos are just a few of the items from a scrapbook assembled by Col. Gersama during her long career. The majority of those items are non-aviation related and therefore did not really fit the criteria for my website.