Somewhere over North Africa an American “flying nurse,” Second Lieut. Julia Corinne Riley, 23, checks on patients aboard a specially outfitted C-47 transport plane, used to ferry wounded men to hospitals, spring 1943.
This is a color photograph taken by Frank Hurley in 1915 during Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Along with other photographers I was given the task by MiniClick to give a five minute talk on a photo I wished I’d taken. Hurley’s photo was the image I spoke about, you can find out why I chose to talk about it in this blog post.
Ronald Brown stepped on a land mine while on a mission in France in August 1944. The blast peppered his left leg with red-hot fragments and he was forced to crawl two miles to safety. But because of medical conditions of the day it was thought safer to leave shrapnel in his body. His family had him cremated and were stunned when staff handed them back a big bag of shrapnel. The bag contained a whopping 6oz of bomb shrapnel that he had been carrying around for 60 years.