Aleda E. Lutz
|Aleda E. Lutz|
Freeland, Michigan, United States
November 1, 1944
Saint-Chamond, Loire, France
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Unit||Army Nurse Corps|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal (4)
Serving in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II, she participated in six separate battle campaigns over a 20-month period, accompanied air combat missions, and conducted all-weather medical evacuations in Tunisia, Italy and France.
On November 1, 1944, she was fatally injured in a Medevac C-47 crash near Saint-Chamond, Loire, France. At the time of her death, Lutz was perhaps the most experienced flight nurse in the U.S. military service. She had the most evacuation sorties (196), most combat hours flown by any flight nurse (814) and the most patients transported by any flight nurse (3500+).
Lutz has been honored with an 800-patient hospital ship—the USAHS Aleda E. Lutz—and a C-47 cargo plane christened Miss Nightingale III in her honor. In 1990, Saginaw Veterans Hospital was rededicated as the Aleda E. Lutz Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
A stele (monument) exists at the crash site which states Lt. Lutz was the first American woman who died in action during World War II. The stele is near Doizieux, France on Mt. Pilat. A local citizen has written a book about the crash and has interviewed all the witnesses.
- Aleda E. Lutz Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
- National Museum of the US Airforce: Factsheet on Aleda Lutz
- Aerosteles Has a picture of the monument erected on the site of the crash.