Date: 26th February 1943 (Friday)
Unit: No. 260 Squadron (motto: Celer et fortis - 'Swift and Strong'). 239 Wing. 211 Group
Type: Kittyhawk IIA
Base: El Assa, Libya
Location: Gabes, Libya
Pilot: Sgt. Neil Edward Cundy NZ/412660 RNZAF Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 09:00 hrs. with 11 others to bomb the Games landing field.
He was last seen heading west from the target at about 1,000 ft. It is possible he was hit by flak which had been intense over the target.
Burial and personal details:
Sgt. Neil Edward Cundy. Sfax War Cemetery. Grave XIII D 1. Born on the 02nd July 1920 at Wellington. Prior to service worked as a shepherd for the Glendonal9d Station. Enlisted at Levin on the 04th May 1941. After training in Canada awarded his pilots badge on the 21st November 1941 and promoted to sergeant. 239 training flight on 12th aNovember 1942. Slightly injured by enemy fire flying a Kittyhawk on the 22nd December 1942. Joined the squadron on the 09th January 1942. Son of Clifford Edgar Cundy and Blanche Evelyn Cundy (nee Willis) of 143 Moxham Avenue, Wellington, New Zealand. A total of 257 flying hours logged
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, AWMM, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: