Captain Murray M Cash was one of two flight surgeons at Riddle Field who provided routine medical care in the area and emergency care on the base to both RAF and USAAF personnel. He was a British subject who came from Toronto and he worked well with the British contingent from 1943-44.
One of the problems he faced was that British cadets were often bothered by fungi and heatstroke. Captain Cash was also concerned that cadets were flying at over 10,000ft without oxygen and he was instrumental in discouraging this practice which was often condoned by civilian instructors. When there were fatalities on the field, the doctor would be first to attend to the sad remains of young pilots who had crashed in the swamps. “A tragic waste,” he said.
His autograph in the No. 5 BFTS First Anniversary book wishes David Blackhall “Good Luck!”
Military | Link Trainer Instructor
Charles Jackson Hopkins was born in Chrisney, Indiana, on 21st September 1921. He later moved to Huntingburg, Indiana and graduated from Grade School to High School. On leaving school he was employed as a bookkeeper and then manager of a loan company....
Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot / Instructor
John Jordan attended 5 BFTS (Course 13) from January-July 1943.
Military | Flight Lieutenant | Pilot
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