Lt. Col. (ret) Alfred L. Cummings, age 91, passed away peacefully at his home on October 8, 2012, surrounded by his family.
Al was born in Norwalk, CT. on December 27, 1920. He graduated from high school in Norwalk, and studied military science in college for 2 years before joining the U.S. Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet in 1941. He did his basic training at Maxwell AFB, AL. He began physical training in Montgomery, AL. and Westover AFB, MA. in 1942. He then went to advanced pilot training in Camden, S.C. and Spence Field, GA. He graduated and put on his silver wings in January 1943. Al was then sent to the Canal Zone, Panama. In July 1943, he was deployed to Africa, the Gold Coast, Tunis, Algeria and Marrakesh. He flew Lockheed P-38 Lightings and ran missions back and forth from Italy to Algiers. He was finally based at Naples, Italy. Al flew recon missions over Lyons, France and at Anzio Beach lost an airplane. His missions were to secure photographs of cities, roads, railroads, fields and bridges. In the fall of 1944, in Florence, Italy, Al was injured and after 7 weeks in the hospital, he was sent stateside to train new cadets in November, 1944.
Al married his sweetheart, Molly on August 1, 1945 and they had two children, Cara and Brian. Al continued to serve in the U.S.A.F. until his retirement in January, 1966.
When Al retired from the Air Force, his flying days began again as he became a civilian contractor for the Air Force’s T-41 training program in Laredo, TX and Del Rio, TX. Next, he went to work as a corporate pilot for Time Warner Cable and in 1983, he stopped flying altogether with over 11,000 hours logged in the air. Al loved to read, fly, to play golf with his friends he had made over the years in Del Rio.
Al was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years, Molly Cummings, and by his son-in-law, Steve Madison. Al is survived by his daughter, Cara C. Madison of Del Rio; by his son, Brian Cummings and his wife, Debbie, of Bandera, TX; and by his granddaughter, Ardis Madison Crocker and her husband, Will Crocker, of Carrollton, TX and their four children. He is survived by his sister, Helen Hunt of New Milford, CT. and his three nephews, Lee, Tim and Robin Hunt. Al is also survived by his devoted dog, Booper, who was dear to his heart.
Al’s family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to all of his caregivers, especially Marcus Jalomos, EMT Jack Howley and Hospice of Val Verde Regional Medical Center and Edna Rivera, RN.
The family will gather to hold a Private Service at a later date.