Capt. Gildo G. "Trev" Trevisan, U.S. Army Air Force, Ret.
The life and times of Capt. Trevisan's WWII service, as told to his son.
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First plane ride. Where it all started.
1938 | San Francisco airport
Trev took his first plane ride at the San Francisco airport in a Stearman bi-plane. He was 17 years old and was hooked on flying from that time on.
Trev was part of the Civilian Pilot training program through San Mateo Jr. College. The training was paid for by the government because they understood that war was coming and that they were going to need pilots.
Trev took his ground school, primary training, secondary training, cross country, and flying instructors course. He graduated as an Instructor on August 25th, 1942.
After graduation, Trev became an instructor at the Belmont, Ca. airport. He instructed there until the WWII started and was told that since he had over 100 hrs. flight time he could enlist in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a second Lieutenant.
Trevisan was stationed at Long Beach in February, 1943 as a civilian flying instructor. There he met his life long friend Warner W. Pinkney. On April 21, 1943 Trev was commisioned a second Lieutenant. Lt. Trevisan was stationed at Long Beach for approx. 1 year. After leaving Long Beach, Lt. Trevisan was stationed in Casablanca in North Africa.
While in North Africa, Lt. Trevisan flew C-46 transport aircraft between Casablanca, Morocco and Chiro, Egypt. While stationed ion North Africa, Lt. Trevisan saw many of the historic areas such a Luxor, The Great Pyramid of Giza, and the Sphynx. Hedid some of this on the back of a camel.
After service in North Africa, Lt. Trevisan was stationed in Lal Manerhat, India. While stationed there, he flew supplys in a C-46 aircraft over the Himalayan mountains into Kunming, China in support of the Flying Tigers.
He flew this route 61 times.
Many of the times he flew supplies into China, he was overloaded and had a hard time getting the plane to fly that high. One of the times he was taking off and the left engine quit at 20 feet off the ground. He was able to get the aircraft to 500 feet and head back to the airfield. While on approch to the airfield, his right engine caught fire. So here he is flying on one engine that is on fire. He successfully landed the aircraft with no loss to the aircraft or it's cargo. He was given a commendation.