19 February 1917 – World’s first aeromedical evacuation

The Imperial Camel Corps advanced on Bir-el-Hassana in the Sinai Peninsula today. During the attack, Lance Corporal MacGregor was wounded in the onyl serious casualty of the day. Unfortunately for him the nearest medical facility was 44 miles away at El Arish, a long and hazardous journey by Camel.

To spare MacGregor what would have been an agonising trip, it was decided to fly him by plane to El Arish. A BE2c from 14 Squadron RFC was pressed into service and he was strapped into the observers seat.

in the end the journey took a mere 45 minutes, and was the world’s first recorded aeromedical evacuation. As for the pilot who volunteered? His name is currently unknown.

MacGregor being strapped into the BE2c.

MacGregor being strapped into the BE2c.

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