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ALSTON M. DANIELS, SR

 

 

LT COLONEL, USAF (RET)
Entered service 14 November 1942
Retired 1 May 1967
United States Army Air Forces and United States Air Force
Air Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
American Campaign Medal
European, African and Middle East
Campaign Medal w/4 battle stars
World War II victory Medal
Germany occupation Medal
Korean National Defense Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
AIRCRAFT FLOWN:
PT-22, BT-13, AT-17, AT-6, C-47, C-45, B-25, B-36, UO-3B, L-20
My favorite aircraft was the C-47. In nearly 2000 hours, I lost one engine, and flew the old bird, on and off, from the time I got my wings in 1944 until grounded in 1962.
ASSIGNMENTS AND POSITIONS:
Lincoln Air Base, NE
Drake University (CTD) IA
Santa Ana Army Field, CA
Visalia Field, CA
Chico Army Base, CA
Stockton Field, CA
Alliance Army Air Base, NE
George Field, IL
Baer Field, IL
Malignano Air Base, Sienna, Italy
Tarquinia Air Base, Civitavecchia, Italy
Grosseto Air Base, Leghorn, Italy
Capodichino Air Base, Naples, Italy
Templehoff Air Base, Berlin, Germany
HQ San Francisco Radar control Group, Berkeley, CA
Keesler Air Force Base, MS
Sandia Base, NM
Carswell Air Force Base, TX
Westover Air Force Base, MA
Lowery Air Force Base, CO
RAF Brize Norton, UK
RAF Alconbury, UK
Chateauroux Air Base, France
Pentagon, Washington D.C.
Squadron XO, 30 Supply Squadron Depot Special (Nuclear Weapons)

CAMPAIGN AND COMBAT EXPERIENCE:
Dropped supplied to Italian partisans operating behind German lines in the Appinnine Mountains of Italy.
CALLSIGNS OR NICKNAMES:
Al or Dan
HIGHLLIGHTS:
Troop Carrier pilot WWII, European Air Transport Service Pilot, Weaponeer and pilot on a B-36 Crew, wing Nuclear Weapons Instructor, Member of 8th Air Force Nuclear Weapons IG Team, Nuclear Weapons Maintenance Officer, Dept of Defense Air Operations Officer for an above ground weapon test during the last above ground test series at the Nevada Test Site, Member of the Air Staff 1963-1967.
I was separated from the service in November 1946 until December 1948. I found it impossible to find a job flying for an airline due to the glut of WWII pilots. Since I was current in the Reserves, I applied for recall, and spent the remainder of my career in the Nuclear Weapons field. I was a Captain Command pilot.
 
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