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'Cat's Eyes' Cunningham passes away.

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  1. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    Group Captain John Cunningham died on July 21st at the age of 84.

    He was Britain's leading night-fighter expert, ending the war with 20 kills, 3 DSO's and 2 DFC's. After the war, he had a distinguished career as a test-pilot.
    I met him three years ago - yet again, he was very quiet, courteous and modest.
     
  2. C.Evans

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    Sorry for the loss Martin, Paul, Bish. His memory can be kept alive here. :(
     
  3. Erich

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    Amen Carl ! as with all vets I can attest that we can remember them in some way....

    Martin, do you by chance have a lsiting of his victories and the dates ? We had been trying to reach him for a lengthy interview for our book but alas.......dang !

    another window of history gone.....

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  4. Friedrich

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    Sorry to hear this. A living encyclopedia is gone. But that is life... :(
     
  5. Martin Bull

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    OK Erich, here goes -

    In Beaufighter 1 ( 604 sqn )
    19/11/40 Ju88
    23/12/40 HeIII
    2/1/41 HeIII probable
    12/1/41 HeIII damaged
    15/2/41 HeIII
    12/3/41 Ju88 damaged
    '' '' '' HeIII damaged
    3/4/41 HeIII
    7/4/41 HeIII
    9/4/41 HeIII damaged
    '' '' '' HeIII
    11/4/41 HeIII probable
    '' '' '' HeIII
    15/4/41 HeIII
    '' '' '' HeIII
    '' '' '' HeIII
    3/5/41 HeIII
    7/5/41 HeIII
    31/6/41 HeIII
    22/8/41 HeIII
    '' '' '' HeIII damaged
    1/9/41 Ju88
    4/4/42(daylight) HeIII damaged
    23/5/42(daylight) HeIII

    In Mosquito XII ( 85 sqn )
    13/6/43 Fw190
    23/8/43 Fw190
    8/9/43 Fw190

    In Mosquito XIII
    2/1/44 Me410

    In Mosquito XVII
    20/2/44 Ju188 damaged
    23/2/44 Ju88 probable

    Total : 20 destroyed, 3 probable, 7 damaged.
     
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    Excellent Martin! Thanks a lot! It was interesting to learn this, totally new for me.

    You suck at film-tastes, but you are a very nice and appreciated member of this forum! ;)
     
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    Thanks Martin, much appreciated. I see that most of his kills were made earlier in the war and not necessarily on intruder ops over the Reich.

    E
     
  8. Martin Bull

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    With the exception of the first Heinkel ( shot down over the Channel Islands ) every one of Cunningham's victories was achieved over the British Isles. This is one of the reasons he became a 'household name' during the war.
     
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    But did he shoot down Fw-190s with a bloody Mosquito?!!!!!!!! :confused: Was that possible?
     
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    He most certainly did.

    One went into the sea off Dunkirk, but the other two were positively identified from wreckage as both being FW190-A5s of I/SKG10. :cool:
     
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    :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
     
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    Too many Eagles are gone--but they definately wioll not be forgotten.

    I have preached this along with several others here--if you even think of having an intention to write these men--do so now--or you WILL regret not doing so when you had the chance--this is what happened to me with Heinrich Dammeier, Friedrich-Wilhelm Berkenbusch and Heinz Heuer. I aint letting that happen again if I have any control over it.
     
  13. Friedrich

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    Very well said, Herr Generalfeldmarschall!!! ;)
     
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    That little wooden wonder, the Mosquito was the fastest twin prop job in WW 2. Nothing could catch it at night except a lucky "bounce" by Bf 109G-6/AS or G-10's in 44 and 45. Plus the single seat Me 262A-1a flown by Kmdo Welter, aka 10./NJG 11.

    E :D
     
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    :eek: Beim Himmel!!! :eek: That is why it is called the wooden wonder... Erich, could you tell my the technique specifications of it?
     
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    The Mosquito NF.XII as used by John Cunningham had an all-up weight of 18,547lbs, twin Rolls-Royce Merlin 23 engines developing 1,460hp each, and a maximum speed of 370mph. The 'ceiling' was 36,000ft and range 1,705 miles.

    Armament ? 4 x Hispano 20mm cannon and 4 x .303 Browning machine guns.

    Used as photo-recon, fighter, bomber ( including carrying the 4,000lb 'Cookie' ), fighter-bomber , pathfinder - not to mention the Coastal Command FBXVIII armed with one 57mm cannon, 4 x .303 Brownings plus four 500lb bombs or eight 60lb rockets..... The Mosquito is truly one of the greatest combat aircraft ever. :cool:
     
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    Nothing is impossible in warfare! Didn't even some guy in a La-5 (or was it a Yak??) shoot down a couple of P-51s over Berlin?
     
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    Thanks a lot, Martin!!!

    And yeah... the other day, the grandson of the "Red Baron" shot three F-15s in his Fokker Dk. III... :D
     
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    Knowing some pilots... even THAT could happen!!!

    :D
     
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    Danke Herr General
     

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