Today on Access Utah, author Margo Mowbray joins us for the hour to discuss two of her books: An Answering Flame and Havoc Red.
An Answering Flame: From the Journal of a Horseback Nurse-Midwife tells the story of one of the Frontier Nursing Service's nurse-midwives. These nurse-midwives rode horseback up Kentucky’s rugged hollows to deliver babies, treat the sick and injured day or night; winter or summer. Risking surprise encounters with desperate bootleggers, they answered the call usually alone with only what they could carry in their saddlebags. They brought care to America’s most remote families, lowering the maternity death rate below the national average.
Havoc Red: Surviving the Alaska-Siberia Route, 1943 begins with Russia pushed to the brink by Germany’s war machine. President Franklin Roosevelt agreed to an uncomfortable alliance with Joseph Stalin and sent thousands of aircraft to the battered Soviet nation by way of the Alaska-Siberia Route.
Lend-Lease pilots braved blinding arctic storms and primitive navigation delivering planes to Fairbanks. There, Russian pilots flew them on to the Eastern Front.
The Soviets demanded more and more from the White House. Fearing the loss of Russia’s loyalty, top-level deals were made, with Faustian consequences.One man agreed to a secret delivery mission. During the severe winter of 1943 he and a pilot took off from Great Falls, Montana with black suitcases marked “Diplomatic Immunity – Havoc Red.” But rather than becoming celebrated heroes, they were forgotten in the Yukon’s rugged terrain. One commits a desperate act and has to find a different kind of heroism on his return from the ice-bound north.