Cunningham, Alfred ___ 1882-1939 ___ American ___ aviator

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Cunningham was born in Atlanta, Georgia. After serving as a volunteer in the infantry regiment during the Spanish-American War and in Cuba, he worked as an estate agent. In 1909, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps, and promoted to first lieutenant two years later. Based at the Marine Barracks, Philadelphia, he developed an ongoing interest in aeronautics, which led him to be sent to the US Naval Academy, with its nearby aviation camp. Between October 1912 and July 1913, he made some 400 flights, for both training and testing purposes. He was a strong advocate of Marine Corps aviation and was involved in the decision to set up the Naval Aeronautical Station at Pensacola, Florida, in 1914. By 1917, he appears to have emerged as de facto director of Marine Corps aviation. Under his direction, the Northern Bombing Group was developed. In the last year of the Great War, this undertook independent bombing raids, and joined in with British and French raids. For his service in organising and training the first marine aviation force, Cunningham was awarded the Navy Cross. After the war, he served in various positions, eventually becoming executive officer and registrar of the Marine Corps Institute from 1929 to 1931, and being promoted to lieutenant colonel.
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1917-1918 ___ maritime military self France

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Marine Flyer in France: The Diary of Captain Alfred A. Cunningham
 

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