LEST WE FORGET

Second Lieutenant James Campbell CUNINGHAM

From Australia serving in the Royal Flying Corps

Service No: Not Assigned
Born: 20 February 1895, Location unavailable
Unit: 15th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps (Based at Vert Galland, France)
Died: Air Operations, France, 14 March 1916, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France
CWGC Additional Information: Son of J. F. and Margaret Cuningham, of The Rockey, Mendooran, New South Wales, Australia
Remembered: Commemorative Roll, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 14 March 1916, Second Lieutenant Cuningham (Pilot) and Air Mechanic First Class John William Newton (3098) RFC (Gunner) flying BE2c aircraft 4153 were killed in aerial combat when their aircraft was attacked by Fokker aircraft near Achiet-le-Grand.  They had been tasked to escort a photographic reconnaissance aircraft.

References:

Australian War Memorial Commemorative Roll On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives UK Casualty Book AIR 1/967 page 37, 66901

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