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John Cafarelli 1
Level of Education: 3 years of high school 1
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1921 1
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Medical Department - For Enlisted Men of the Medical Department (includes Enlisted Men of the Medical Department on Duty with the Dental Corps) 1
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Enlistment for the Panama Canal Department 1
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USAF Colonel John Cafarelli, Command Pilot (WWII - Korea - USAF)

New York

John (NMI) Cafarelli (  12017627   ) Born in New York in 1921.  He enlisted into the Army of the United States at Queens, NY on 9 Sept. 1940 as a Private.   John had completed 3 years of High School, was working full time and was still single at enlistment.  


John Cafarelli served during WWII and Korea --- 

Cafarelli, John (036614) Born N.Y. Aug 2, 1921

Pvt, Pfc, Sgt M.D. Sept 1940- Sept 1942 (Rated Pilot Aircraft Commander) 

2nd LT A.U.S. Sept 11, 1942 

( moving from the Army to the Army Air Corps he graduated flight school near Vine Grove KY)

1st LT A.U.S. Oct 16, 1942

Lt John Caferelli was 1st trained in B-17 (Heavies) at Lackland AAB, TX and sent to England to fly Combat in the 8th Air Force.  After finishing his Combat Tour in England, he was returned to the States.   In early 1945 John was trained to fly the B-29 and was then sent to Guam on the Pacific Theatre Of Operations.

Capt A.U.S. Mar 2, 1946   

    After the War, in June, 1948, (then) Maj. John took his wife Marion with young William and baby John and moved to Germany.  The family was billeted with 6 or so other 8th AAF Pilot families in an enormous sized German High-Command Officer's Estate.  We were there about a year since the Soviet Union blocked the Western Allies' railway, road and canal access to the sectors of Berlin under Allied control and supplies had to be flown in.   Major John was one of the key pilots in flying necessary supplies across the Soviet Zone and into Berlin in C-27 Transports.  John and his family were returned to the States in about a year. 

Major John Cafarelli, B-26 Invader, night-time bombing raids in Korea, 1952.   Squadron still unknown (his Martin B-26 Invader (light bomber) was called "The Florida Flyer,").  "IRON DUKE* was the Major's nickname.  He completed his Combat Tour and returned to the USA.

During 1956, LTC John was the Commanding Officer of the 350th Air Refueling Squadron, the "Red Falcons"..

Col Cafarelli - 29 August, 1921 (New York) - 11 Oct. 1964   Col Cafarelli passed at only 43 years of age at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC.

*** Col. John Cafarelli's photo's and info from John's proud son William (19 March, 2014) ***

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Col John Cafarelli

Arlington, VA

  John and Marion (Allen) Cafarelli met and were married in Vine Grove, KY where John was attending/graduated from the AAC Pre-Flight School near by.  They then moved to San Antonio, Texas where John was now a Lt. Pilot training in the 8th Air Force's B-17 Heavy Bombers at Lackland AAB.   Their 1st child William (Bill) was born there.

     John and Marion had 5 children;  William, John, Robert, Mark (1954-1980) and Carolyn Cafarelli (1957-2010).

John was born 29 August, 1921 and enlisted and served during WWII and Korea as a Combat Pilot.  He remained in the Air Force and rose to the rank of Col.    Sadly, John passed from an aneurism at Walter Reed Hospital in D.C. on 11 Oct. 1964.

   John's 1st son William (Bill) is Honoring his father for his dedicated service to his country.

Major John Cafarelli, Douglas A-26 Invader- KOREA (Night-Interdiction)


    Major John Cafarelli flew Combat during the Korean War in the B-26 Invaders of the 13th Bomb Squadron "The Devils Own."  

    Judging by his hat's bombs (indicating missions flown) he had flown 50 missions, only 4 of them daytime. And time to come home.

13th BS History;

OSCAR; When the B-26s of the 13th Bomb Squadron started attacking enemy targets at the very beginning of the Korean War, Oscar was riding with them on the nose of those planes. By this time, Oscar was designed in a more upright stance and faced the rear. Crew members sported red shirts with the Oscar logo in clear view, often on the left pocket.

See "Oscar" (head only) on Maj. Cafarelli's "Combat Mission" Hat.

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