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Josephine Hague

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 12 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4293
  1. Roger Arnold-Shrubb

Josephine Shrubb (née Hague, aka Kingston; known as “Jo”) was sent on a scholarship from her Yorkshire grammar school to train at St Thomas’, one of just half a dozen female students. She hoped to become an ophthalmic surgeon, but the arrival of a daughter redirected her career into general practice in Windsor, where she had a second daughter and a son. Her sense of adventure led from there into the Royal Air Force, where she gained a diploma in aviation medicine.

She was the first female RAF doctor to do flying training, and always sought operational tours. Her second grandchild was born while she was airborne far out in the Atlantic, rescuing a merchant sailor injured in a storm. She met with tragedy—a …

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