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28.08.1941 No. 19 Squadron Spitfire IIa P8439 QV-X Fl/Lt. Cunningham

Operation: escorting Blenheims to Rotterdam

Date: 28th August 1941 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 19 Squadron (12 Group)

Type: Spitfire Mk IIa

Serial: P8439 "West Godavari"

Code: QV-X

Base: RAF Matlaske, Norfolk

Location: on the beach near Rockanje Holland

Pilot: Fl/Lt 'Jock' Wallace Cunningham 80545 RAF DFC Age 24. PoW No: 3744 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan

REASON FOR LOSS:

Hit by flak, forced landed on the beach near Rockanje Holland at 19:30 Hrs.

DFC citation London Gazette 08th October 1940:

"This officer has shot down five hostile aircraft. He has shown great personal gallantry and splendid skill in action".


Burial details:

None survived the war.

Born on the 04th December 1916 - died on the 4th October 2011 in Scotland, aged 94. Further details shown within our Obituary pages.Further information see his obituary page on this website.

Researched for Aircrew Remembered - May 2018 by Michel Beckers. With thanks to Peter Charnock for portrait photo, others from the collection of Michel Beckers.

MB - 25.08.2018

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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