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Gordon Cyrus Cuneo


Gordon Cuneo was a student at the University of California when he enlisted in February 1943. He was Navigator on the Harry W. Taylor Crew #552. He was on board the battle-damaged B-24H #42-95248 "The Falcon" which was forced to crash land at Shipdham on return from the 8 January 1945 mission to bomb communications centers in Germany.



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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

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  • 785th Bomb Squadron



  • 787

    8 January 1945

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
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Event Location Date
Born Pearl River, NY, USA 15 January 1924

the son of Egisto and Ruth M. Cuneo

Lived in San Francisco, CA, USA 1942

1821 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA

Enlisted 6 February 1943

San Francisco, California

Crash Landing Shipdham, Norfolk, UK 8 January 1945

Escaped serious injury when is a/c B-24H #42-95248 "The Falcon" crash landed at Shipdham.

Died San Rafael, CA, USA 14 January 2010

Gordon Cyrus Cuneo Passed away peacefully at home in San Rafael Thursday, January 14, 2010. Born January 15, 1924 in Pearl River, New York Gordon moved with his family to San Francisco in 1930. He has lived the last 50 years in Marin County. In his youth he attended Garfield, Francisco and Galileo High Schools and played basketball with the Salesian Boys Club in North Beach. After serving with the US Army Air Corps as a navigator of B-24's during WWII, he returned to UC Berkeley as a sophomore. While at Cal he was a star basketball player for three years during which time they won a State Championship. Later, while working, he played basketball for the Stewart Chevrolet Team, forerunner of a professional league which eventually led to formation of the current NBA. In 1949, after graduating from UC Berkeley, he married his college sweetheart Ann Curtis, a Gold Medalist in swimming at the 1948 Olympics. Together they acquired land and built the Ann Curtis School of Swimming in San Rafael, now in its 51st year of successful operation. During the years of swim club operation Gordon worked as a Sales Executive with GMAC and thereafter as the General Manager of European Motors, now Mercedes Benz of San Francisco In retirement Gordon enjoyed playing golf and tennis, traveling, and spending time at his Lake Tahoe vacation home. He will be remembered as a humble man of honor and integrity and an incredible family man. Gordon was preceded in death by his son, William, and is survived by his wife Ann Curtis Cuneo, his children Carol "Carrie" Cuneo of San Rafael, Susan Cuneo Starr of Lafayette, California, David Cuneo of Corte Madera and Brian Cuneo of Truckee, his sister Doris Maslach of El Cerrito, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A memorial celebration for friends and family will be held on Saturday, January 23, at 11:00 AM at the Marin Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive, Novato, California. - See more at:


Date Contributor Update
04 April 2019 21:18:57 466thHistorian Changes to biography

Removed duplicate information

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01 April 2019 08:25:35 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations and mission associations

NARA WWII Enlistment records
US Census 1930 for New York

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12 April 2015 22:37:30 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, biography, events and person associations

466th BG Historian

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28 November 2014 19:01:22 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Officers of Attlebridge booklet - 1944

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27 September 2014 18:11:35 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom and Brassfield, page 344