MASH Angels: Tales of an Air-Evac Helicopter Pilot in the Korean War Paperback – Nov 16 2009
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“A Korean War saga with implications for modern medical care . . . . MASH ANGELS is an engaging, inspiring account of those willing to place themselves in danger in order to save lives.” (Kirkus)
About the Author
Richard C. Kirkland was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, six Air Medals and the USAF Commendation Medal. After his Korean War service he was an executive in the aerospace industry. His other books include War Pilot. He lives in Vienna, VA.
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Kirkland started out as a fighter pilot in WWII, then in peacetime found himself retrained as a helicopter pilot. Captain Kirkland found himself sent to Korea during the last phase of fighting, which saw 2nd generation helicopters used for rescue operations behind enemy lines, the evacuation of wounded soldiers for medical care and the recovery of Allied pilots who were shot down. These early machines were piston-powered, using cloth-covered rotor blades to create lift. They were underpowered and tricky to fly, but brave men did the job.
Kirkland was disappointed at not having the chance to return to the Air Force as a fighter pilot, ideally flying the new jets. But eventually he came to appreciate the importance of the mission he could do as a helicopter pilot. Well-written and illustrated with black and white photos this is a great book.
His writing projects warmth and candidness onto a bleak historical framework.
He reminds us that the Air Force was a vital participant in those life-saving missions and in early helicopter history.
Mash Angels is a valuable addition to Korean War history and a pleasure to read.
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