Why Me?

TitleWhy Me?
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsMcKechnie, Elspeth
Number of Pages379
PublisherBlaisdon Publishing

This is the autobiography of Elspeth Mavor McKechnie who was the first woman doctor to reach air rank in the Royal Air Force when she was promoted to air commodore in 1972 and appointed to run the service's Central Medical Establishment in London. It was the culmination of a distinguished medical career in the RAF, punctuated only by 18 months in the fledgling NHS in 1948-49. During her service career she was in command of RAF Hospital Cosford, senior medical officer at RAF Halton, and registrar at several bases, including RAF Hospital Werberg (in the former West Germany), the Central Medical Establishment, and RAF Hospital Ely. At Ely she had to deal with members of the army, the American air force, and the local civilian population, in addition to RAF personnel. In 1959 she was charged with closing RAF Weeton, near Blackpool, and soon afterwards she wielded the axe at RAF Wilmslow.

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