Yellow smoke flares were used to assist the remote Tellurometer operator in pointing his equipment, and may also have been used to to determine wind speed and direction as an aid to landing aircraft.

Al in the cab of a burned-out truck

Al and Grover

Double exposure of a tent and landscape 

329th ENGINEER DETACHMENT             (Geodetic Survey)

WHEELUS AIR BASE, TRIPOLI, LIBYA ​​                          1959 - 1960

ALBERT CALLAIS  1959 - 1960

Wheelus AFB Chapel side view

Camels in the desert. (long shot)

Aerial photo of marble arch

PFC Albert Callais entered the U.S. Army in late January or early February of 1958. He took his basic training at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas and his topographic training at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. After spending the Christmas and New Year holidays at home he went to Charleston, South Carolina where he departed for Wheelus AFB Tripoli, Libya. Albert was with the 329th Engineer Detachment (Geodetic Survey) in Libya from 1959 until January 4, 1960 when he boarded the ill fated flight of U.S. Army UH-1A  #76115 for transport between Tripoli and Bengazi Libya. UH-1 76115 was lost over the Gulf of Sidre with all (10) souls on-board. Albert was due to return home on in March of 1960.

Camels in the desert.

Below are photos taken by Albert during his tour in Libya and sent in by his younger sister Donna Callais Wicks.

Camels in the desert.




Grover in H-23

"What the desert ought to be like.

Fort by twin palms

Grover in the cab of a burnt-out truck

Desert-East view

Cooking food in the desert

Fort by twin palms.

Al in H-23 helicopter

Wheelus AFB 329th Engineer Detachment Headquarters

Wheelus AFB Chapel rear view