29.11.1942 No. 2 Squadron Mustng I AP164 F/O. Cunningham
Date: 29th November 1942 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 2 Squadron. 34 Wing. Army Cooperation Command (motto: 'Hereward – Guardian of the Army. nickname: 'Shiny two')
Type: Mustang I
Base: RAF Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire
Location: Lost without trace - North Sea
Pilot: F/O. Godfrey Melville Cunningham NZ/414260 RNZAF Age 25. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 14:09 hrs to carry out low level photo reconnaissance between the Hook and Westkapelle in the Netherlands (see map)
F/O. Cunningham had completed the operation and was provided a course for home by the leader. Although he was seen to be following the route five minutes earlier he failed to reply - AP164 was not heard from again and it is thought that he may have gone down in the North Sea.
Left: Memorial 2 Squadron at Sawbridgeworth
F/O. Godfrey Melville Cunningham. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 114. Born on the 24th September 1917 at Mangateretere, the son of Elizabeth Alice Cunningham and stepson of Ernest A. Flanders, of Mangateretere, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. A labourer prior to service at Whakatu Freezing Works. A total of 393 flying hours logged.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: