Albert J. DeGroote



Preferred Name: 
Al
Nickname/Call Sign: Al
Date Of Birth: September 27, 1932
Highest Military Grade Held: Colonel, O6
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Biography

Albert J. DeGroote flew 283 combat missions with the 90th TFS “Pair O’ Dice” Squadron as Assistant Ops Officer. He stayed in aviation after AF retirement flying corporate aircraft, primarily as Chief Pilot for a food company flying the Gulfstream III.

Units Assigned

  • 10/1952-1/1953 Aviation Cadets, Class 54ABC, Lackland AFB, TX
  • 1/1953-1/1954 T-6, Marianna, FL/Victoria, TX /Williams, AZ (T-6, T-28, T-33)
  • 1/1954-7/1954 Moody, GA (F-89D)
  • 8/1954-8/1956 65th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, AK (F-89 C/D)
  • 9/1956-8/1962 2nd Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Suffolk Co. NY (F-86D, F-102, F-101B)
  • 9/1962-9/1963 4683rd Air Defense Wing, Thule, Greenland (F-102)
  • 10/1963-7/1966 ORI Team, Ops Inspector, ADC Hq, CO, ADC (F-101B, F-89J)
  • 7/1966-11/1966 Trainning, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • 11/1966-11/1967 90th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam (F-100)
  • 1/1968-1/1972 HQ 3rd Air Force, Dir of Safety, So. Ruislip, UK (F-100)
  • 1/1972-6/1973 CINCLANT Staff Plans Off, Norfolk Naval Air Station, Norfolk, VA (T-29)
  • 7/1973-7/1975 Air Attache, American Embassy, Vientiane, Laos (C-47)
  • 11/1975-11/1978 Commander, Bolling AFB, Washington DC
  • 11/1978 Retired USAF

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

T-6
T-28
T-33
F-89 C/D/J
F-86 D
F-102
F-101B
F-100
T-29
C-47

Military Education

  • SOS, 1960

Civilian Education

  • BA/Political Science, University of Maryland
  • MA/International Relations, USC

A Flight Through Life by Albert J. DeGroote
“A Flight Through Life” begins with a boy growing up during World War II, and records his youthful fascination with aviation. It follows his career in aviation from becoming a private pilot through his eventful life as an Aviation Cadet and his careers in both the Air Force and commercial aviation. Al DeGroote’s captivating descriptions of his experiences give both pilots and non-pilots a feel for the excitement and wonder of flying while sharing with them the experience of being part of aviation’s transition from the piston to the jet age. While aviation is the central theme of the narrative, Al’s wide ranging experience in command and staff positions brings the non-flying reader into his life as a war planner, accident investigator and international affairs specialist. As the U.S. Air Attaché at the embassy in Laos he and his family experienced the tragedy of the fall of Southeast Asia first hand and he provides a ringside seat for the reader to observe the many blunders and few triumphs of that debacle.
Available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Flight-Through-Life-Aviators-Memoir/dp/1300922478/ref=sr_1_12?keywords=DeGroote&qid=1570804608&sr=8-12

Biography

Biography

Albert J. DeGroote flew 283 combat missions with the 90th TFS “Pair O’ Dice” Squadron as Assistant Ops Officer. He stayed in aviation after AF retirement flying corporate aircraft, primarily as Chief Pilot for a food company flying the Gulfstream III.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 10/1952-1/1953 Aviation Cadets, Class 54ABC, Lackland AFB, TX
  • 1/1953-1/1954 T-6, Marianna, FL/Victoria, TX /Williams, AZ (T-6, T-28, T-33)
  • 1/1954-7/1954 Moody, GA (F-89D)
  • 8/1954-8/1956 65th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, AK (F-89 C/D)
  • 9/1956-8/1962 2nd Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Suffolk Co. NY (F-86D, F-102, F-101B)
  • 9/1962-9/1963 4683rd Air Defense Wing, Thule, Greenland (F-102)
  • 10/1963-7/1966 ORI Team, Ops Inspector, ADC Hq, CO, ADC (F-101B, F-89J)
  • 7/1966-11/1966 Trainning, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • 11/1966-11/1967 90th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam (F-100)
  • 1/1968-1/1972 HQ 3rd Air Force, Dir of Safety, So. Ruislip, UK (F-100)
  • 1/1972-6/1973 CINCLANT Staff Plans Off, Norfolk Naval Air Station, Norfolk, VA (T-29)
  • 7/1973-7/1975 Air Attache, American Embassy, Vientiane, Laos (C-47)
  • 11/1975-11/1978 Commander, Bolling AFB, Washington DC
  • 11/1978 Retired USAF

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

T-6
T-28
T-33
F-89 C/D/J
F-86 D
F-102
F-101B
F-100
T-29
C-47

Military Education

  • SOS, 1960

Civilian Education

  • BA/Political Science, University of Maryland
  • MA/International Relations, USC
Books by Al DeGroote

A Flight Through Life by Albert J. DeGroote
“A Flight Through Life” begins with a boy growing up during World War II, and records his youthful fascination with aviation. It follows his career in aviation from becoming a private pilot through his eventful life as an Aviation Cadet and his careers in both the Air Force and commercial aviation. Al DeGroote’s captivating descriptions of his experiences give both pilots and non-pilots a feel for the excitement and wonder of flying while sharing with them the experience of being part of aviation’s transition from the piston to the jet age. While aviation is the central theme of the narrative, Al’s wide ranging experience in command and staff positions brings the non-flying reader into his life as a war planner, accident investigator and international affairs specialist. As the U.S. Air Attaché at the embassy in Laos he and his family experienced the tragedy of the fall of Southeast Asia first hand and he provides a ringside seat for the reader to observe the many blunders and few triumphs of that debacle.
Available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Flight-Through-Life-Aviators-Memoir/dp/1300922478/ref=sr_1_12?keywords=DeGroote&qid=1570804608&sr=8-12

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