May 27, 2001: Speaking at the WACO Museum Troy, Ohio

June 3, 4, and 5: Mid-Atlantic Air Museum Weekend    

MWSA Book Review

A World War II Flight Surgeon’s Story
Author: S. Carlisle May
MWSA Reviewer: Rob Ballister

A heartfelt account of a young doctor’s service during WWII

S. Carlisle May’s recounting of Dr. Lamb Myhr’s service is a warm and genuine story of one good-hearted man trying to do his best to ease suffering during a war. It is filled with personal tales painted on the backdrop of the European air war which eventually ground the German offensive to a halt.

The author does a good job of balancing personal stories with important unit and historical events so that the reader can see the “big picture” while at the same time being able to focus on Dr. Myhr’s smaller piece of it. These personal stories are supported with pictures and other evidence which lends credibility to the story.

Oftentimes, a biography is written about someone who has done something extraordinary. In this case, this story illustrated the wonderfully ordinary service of an ordinary man, called to nothing more than his job. It sheds light on the medical picture across the European theater, what challenges the medical personnel faced, how they dealt with wounds, what made them laugh, what made them cry. It is well done, personal, informative, and memorable.

Fans of military biography or medical biography will definitely take something from this worthwhile book.