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15th Evacuation-Hospital

Thu Nov 23, 2017 13:48

Hello,
I am looking for the location of the 15th Evacuation-Hospital present in Normandy on August 2nd, 1944.
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Re: 15th Evacuation-Hospital

Thu Nov 23, 2017 14:45

Hi Dan,
As far as known, the 15th Evac Hosp (400 beds) only served in the Mediterranean Theater. It arrived February 21, 1943; set up in Algeria April 11; crossed into Tunisia April 21; fought in Sicily July 20; and transferred to Italy November 2, 1943. The Hospital received following campaign credits: Tunisia, Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Rome-Arno, North Apennines, and Po Valley. The unit closed for Redeployment on August 20, 1945 in Florence, Italy, was ready for disposition August 25, and was finally inactivated there September 8, 1945.

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Re: 15th Evacuation-Hospital

Thu Nov 23, 2017 16:34

Thank you Alain for clarification. I do not understand the mistake. This is the testimony of a US pilot shot on August 2 north of Rennes, he wrote in his memoirs, he noted the 15th Evacuation Hospital. His editor, who has just edited a book with which I corresponded, confirms that it is the 15th. While I have the report of today's mission it is stated that he was treated in 32nd Field Evacuation Hospital before joining his unit on the A.13 airfield.

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Re: 15th Evacuation-Hospital

Thu Nov 23, 2017 21:02

Dan,
I confirm that as explained above, the 15th Evac Hosp did not serve in the European Theater. Furthermore, the 32d Fld Hosp (400 beds) also served in the Mediterranean, where it arrived September 2, 1943. It also fought in Italy (starting October 1943) with campaign credits for Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, North Apennines, and Po Valley. The Hospital transferred to the Montecatini Redeployment Center early June 1945 for direct redeployment to the Southwest Pacific, sailing July 17, 1945 directly for the Philippines.
The A-13 (Advanced Landing Ground) was established near Tour-en-Bessinn Calvados, France. It was constructed July 12 -July 28, 1944 by the 833d + 846th Engineer Aviation Battalions, and consisted of two landing strips used by P-47 and B-26 aircraft.

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Re: 15th Evacuation-Hospital

Thu Nov 23, 2017 22:22

Thank you Alain,
I'm getting lost in all this, I think the 406th FG report is wrong several times. He says the pilot, Lt Manos parachutes to Granville for lack of fuel. While he was hit by the flak, wounded by shrapnel in the shoulder.
The report gives the 32d Fld Hospital, but there is no possibility of an error in the document ? With the 32d Evac Hosp which was located in Saint-Sauveur-Lendelin on August 2, 1944 (north of Coutances). The 39th Evac Hospital is in the same place.
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Dan

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Re: 15th Evacuation-Hospital

Thu Nov 23, 2017 22:53

You're welcome Dan.
I think the units referred to could just be 32d Evac as well as the 39th Evac Hospitals. As you correctly pointed out they were close to each other and worked together in other places in France (ref our 39th EH Unit History).
It can be sometimes tricky to rely on someone's personal reminiscences and also reports do not always reflect what really happened ... let's keep in mind; to err is human.
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