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Alfred A. Cunningham

a.k.a. Alfred Austell Cunningham

Author Code: AAAC

Born: Mar. 8, 1881 - Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Died: May 27, 1939 - Sarasota, Florida, USA

In 1898, Cunningham enlisted in the 3rd Georgia Volunteer infantry and saw service in Cuba. Following the conflict he sold real estate in the Atlanta area for a number of years. Cunningham's interest in aviation began in 1903 when he made a balloon ascent. In 1909, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps - only a year after the Wright brother's famous flight. His interest in aviation grew and in 1912 he was sent to the Navy Academy at Annapolis to learn to fly. He flew solo after only a few hours of training, becoming Naval aviator no. 5, but Marine aviator no. 1. Over the next two years, he made over 400 flights. He saw duty at the Washington Navy Yard before being assigned to Pensacola in early 1915. Following further training at San Diego, he was ordered to organize the Aviation Company for the Advanced Base Force in 1917. As commander of the unit, he became the director of Marine Corps aviation. He was sent to Europe to gather information onBritish and French aviation and participated in many missions over German lines. He returned to America in January, 1918. He helped to organize the Northern Bombing Group which was sent to Europe in July of that year. Cunningham received the Navy Cross for his organizational service. Following the war, he became officer-in-charge of Marine Corps aviation until 1920 when he commanded the First Air Squadron in the Dominican Republic. Then a major, he served in Nicaragua and finally as executive officer of the Marine Corps Institute from 1929 to 1931. He retired due to ill health in August 1935. He was promoted to lieutenant-colonel in retirement. He died in 1939 and is burined in Arlington Cemetary. His only published work is his diary Marine Flyer in France (1918).

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