"Airplane" Jane Kendeigh

03.30.1922 - 07.19.1987

US Navy Flight Nurse

First Flight Nurse to land at Iwo Jima

On March 6, 1945, at just 22 years old, Jane Kendeigh was the first U.S. Navy Flight nurse to fly an evacuation mission to an active battlefield and the first to land on a Pacific battlefield, at Iwo Jima. 

Kendeigh was one of 122 women selected to receive specialized training in 1944 that taught them to not only recognize and treat battlefield wounds but fight in hand-to-hand combat (if needed) and make preparations in case their aircraft was to crash into the ocean.

For the rest of Jane Kendeigh's story view her video below.

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