Even though her picture spells her name as “Baugh.” Bough’s daughter corrects it to “Bough.” Kathryn Y. Bough was also listed in the 1942 yearbook, “Wings Over America” publication for the Tuskegee Army Flying School. As all women who joined the Army Nurse Corps, she went in as a second lieutenant was promoted to first lieutenant in June of 1943. She was chief nurse under Della Raney who was the principal chief nurse. The base newspaper, Hawk’s Cry, in the October 15, 1943 edition, reads, “Newlywed, LT Bough, ANC and LT Nichols, CO of the 1155th, are residing in town.” The Nichols later divorced, according to her daughter. During a phone call her daughter, Charlotte Nichols, it was learned that the former Kathryn Y. Bough died in December 2004.
Thank you to Pia Winters Jordan, Project Director of the Tuskegee Airmen Nurses Project, for sharing with us the incredible legacy of nurses who served alongside the Airmen. We are honored to feature their history and stories.
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