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Virginia Russell Reavis « North Carolina's WWII ExperienceNorth Carolina's WWII Experience

Virginia Russell Reavis

– Hubert, NC
Flight Nurse in Europe

This sweet, soft spoken grandmother had quite the adventure during World War II as a flight nurse in the 810th Squadron, whisking the wounded from the battlefields to hospitals in Britain. During her two years of service in England and Europe, she had incredible experiences — meeting planes that dropped flares upon landing to indicate that wounded were aboard, surviving a plane that crashed on takeoff, and treating numerous battlefield injuries — even German POWs. She recalls that GIs were always happy to see an American girl. After the War, Reavis married a C-47 pilot she met in England just after D-Day.

In this excerpt, hear about a special London “musical” from veteran flight nurse Virginia Russell.