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Charles Victor Cunningham

Military

From Revere, MA, Capt. Charles V. Cunningham enlisted on 16 January 1941 in Boston. Assigned to the 370th Fighter Squadron in April 1943 Capt. Cunningham flew 94 combat missions over two tours of duty with the 359th Fighter Group before returning home in August 1944.

29 April 1944: At 0715 briefing was held for Ramrod Penetration mission, the bombers' objective: Berlin. Sixteen planes took off. Three pilots returned early. Capt. Daniel D. McKee crash-landed at Framlingham. He was unhurt, but the plane was destroyed. No property was damaged. R/V with bombers from vicinity of Horn, escort to vicinity of Hanover. Near Elze many E/A attacked bombers, later intercepted by our fighters near Gehrden. Both Me 109s and FW 190, among E/A. Only claim was made by Lt. Cunningham, who destroyed one FW 190, seeing it smoke and spiral, also observing at least ten strikes around cockpit and under fuselage.

April 1943-Aug. 1944

Dec 24, 1943, on return from mission to Pas De Calais area in P-47 when he crashed in Surrey. RTD.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (5OLC), ADSM, ACM, WWII Victory, EAME (1 x battle star).

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 370th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-75416

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 397FS, 368FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) armed recon to Aachen with Vernon V Murphy 21-Oct-44, chasing FW190 on the deck, hit by ground fire possibly friendly, A/C set afire and abandoned POW...

  • 42-76416

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 513FS, 406FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) armed recon to Avranches, 1Lt France Harry A. Nock 4-Jul-44; shot down by FW190 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6356

  • 42-106704 'Mary Jane'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. War Weary to 'Clobber College'.

  • 42-8571 'Invincible Faye'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Lost in crash-landing 8-Mar-44 - Lt. Howard E Grimes.

Associated Place

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 11 November 1918

Son of William Joseph and Margaret Lillian [Morganti] Cunningham.

Lived in Revere, Massachusetts 1941
Based East Wretham April 1943 – 25 August 1944

Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion East Wretham, UK 19 August 1944

Promoted to Captain.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) 25 August 1944

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Died 25 April 1991
Buried Florida National Cemetery Bushnell, Sumter County, FL 28 April 1991

Florida National Cemetery
Bushnell,
Sumter County, Florida

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 April 2021 10:39:26 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations
Sources

Changes to awards in Bio Field
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/544249/charles-victor-cunningham

Date Contributor Update
03 April 2021 22:59:12 decwriter Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards and events
Sources

NARA files verified ASN upon entry, DFC w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster and AM w/5 Oak Leaf Clusters. He earned at least one bronze star device on the EAME Campaign Medal.

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2019 13:40:00 Emily Changes to biography
Sources

Transferred biography by Janet Fogg, 359th Fighter Group Historian from media record

Date Contributor Update
28 October 2018 09:05:37 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:00 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / Unit History, Losses of the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces Vol. I, p. 439

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