Al Cavalli served as Engineer-gunner on the A-26 between 1944-1946
Thanks for the shots and Bio Al.
Al Cavalli's Bio
I was enrolled in the Academy Of Aeronautics when it was
absorbed by the USAAF who shortened the courses.
After graduation I was assigned to the Newcastle Army
Air Base in Delaware as a mechanic prepping aircraft for delivery overseas, later serving as a Junior Instructor to Mechanical
In 1943 along with a friend, I volunteered to be drafted
and was assigned to the USAAF and Aircraft Mechanic training. I applied for pilot training but was turned down for physical
reasons and was sent to aerial gunnery school and assigned to an A-26 group.
After Operational training with pilot LT "Buzz" Pusard,
I was given three "last" furloughs before shipping to California to pick up a plane and fly to Hawaii, then to the
Pacific theater...which never happened with the war ending.
I was shipped to Moody Field, GA where I met my future
wife. I was discharged in Feb., 1946 and returned home to GA. in
June to be married.
We had 4 children, but I sadly lost my wife
to Cancer after 45 years of wedded bliss.
I have 6 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grand Children,
which never would have happened had I been sent overseas.
Above, This photo was taken at the 123rd Air Base unit
, Marianna, FL.
2nd from left is me, Al Cavalli, 3rd from left is Bill
Dietz, 4th is Bill Farley & 5th is Palmarino Bianconi.
Above, Back row Bill Dietz, & me Al Cavalli
Above, Bianconi, me and the pilot
Above, taken on a RON (Remain Overnight) trip to Wash.DC.
Starting on left..my pilot Lt. Buzz Pusard (who rose to Lt. Col), Al Cavalli, Pilot (?) & Sgt Cassioux
enjoying a night on the town.