A Second World War D.F.M. group of four to Flying Officer A.L.Cunningham, Royal Air Force, Distinguished Flying Medal, G.VI.R. (1568301 Sgt A.L.Cunningham. R.A.F.); 1939-1945 Star; France and Germany Star; War Medal.

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Lot 71
A Second World War D.F.M. group of four to Flying Officer A.L.Cunningham, Royal Air Force,
Distinguished Flying Medal, G.VI.R. (1568301 Sgt A.L.Cunningham. R.A.F.); 1939-1945 Star; France and Germany Star; War Medal.

Sold for £ 3,120 (US$ 3,782) inc. premium
A Second World War D.F.M. group of four to Flying Officer A.L.Cunningham, Royal Air Force,
Distinguished Flying Medal, G.VI.R. (1568301 Sgt A.L.Cunningham. R.A.F.); 1939-1945 Star; France and Germany Star; War Medal. Extremely fine. (Lot)

Footnotes

  • D.F.M. London Gazette 19.1.1945.

    This N.C.O. has completed 29 sorties as Navigator of a crew which was consistently successful in attacking targets of all types in Germany and occupied Europe. Much of the success can be attributed to Sergeant Cunningham's extremely accurate and careful navigation. In the recent attack on the "Tirpitz", he showed the highest skill in keeping to his course throughout the 2,000 mile journey to the Russian base from which the attack was launched. Despite some really appalling weather on the flight, Sergeant Cunningham enabled his Captain to land at the base at the time appointed. He has at all other times shown the same accuracy while his determination, courage and keenness to operate have made him an outstanding member of his crew and of his section.


    The lot includes his logbook, box and registered envelope for the DFM and Buckingham Palace letter. Box for WW2 medals with relevant slips, slip indicating award of the 1939-45 Star dated 28.3.1945, and assorted photgraphs in uniform and with a Lancaster.

    He begins training as a 2nd Navigator on the 4th August 1943 and combines his training from 1st to 2nd Navigator. He transfers to 17 O.T.U. at Silverstone in December 1943 and then to Turweston in January 1944. He moves to 1660 Conversion Unit at Swinderby on Sterlings in April 1944, then on to Lancasters at No.5. L.F.S. at Syerston. He begins his Ops at No.9 Squadron at Bardney, Lincolnshire on the 12th June 1944 with Ops on Poitiers, this continues with Ops on a combination of Ammunition dumps, Flying Bomb Sites, Marshalling Yards (Limoges). In July he has Ops to Caen on the 18th July, as well as Ops to Coutrai, Kiel, Stuttgart and Givors. August continues to see further Ops mainly through France including the Railway Bridge at Etaples, the Submarine pens at Lorient and attacks at Brest and Gilze, by the end of August he had completed 28 Ops. In September he had flown to Archangel on the 11th September returning on the 17th and a further Op on the Dortmund-Ems Canal. On the 15th October his Op is the Sorpe Dam and the 29th the Tromso Fjord (Tirpitz) a 13 hour mission. The Urft Dam is the target twice in December. In February 1945 he carries out a further eight Ops including Ijmuiden, Altenbeken, Essen, Arnsberg and Vlotho. Completing a total of 42 Ops.
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A Second World War D.F.M. group of four to Flying Officer A.L.Cunningham, Royal Air Force, Distinguished Flying Medal, G.VI.R. (1568301 Sgt A.L.Cunningham. R.A.F.); 1939-1945 Star; France and Germany Star; War Medal.
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