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1Lt Joseph Ralph Cunningham
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Birth: Nov., 1916
Travelers Rest
Greenville County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Aug. 14, 1942

Cunningham, a well-built, quiet, young man from Travelers Rest, north of Greenville in South Carolina. He attended Clemson University for two years in the class of 1939.

He was in a Hawaiian Air Force squadron, then was reassigned to the 88th Squadron for the trip to Australia. He had his share of action in the Pacific, first flying reconnaissance missions in Hawaii, then in the Coral Sea, New Guinea, and New Britain areas. He had lots of experience dropping bombs on ships, airdromes, and shooting his way back home from missions, manning the nose gun.

On August 14, 1942, Cunningham was the bombardier of B-17E 41-2656 'Chief Seattle', assigned to the 19th Bombardment Group, 435th Bombardment Squadron. They were flying from RAAF Base Townsville Australia on an extended reconnaissance mission of New Guinea, Rabaul and the Solomons area. The plane and crew were never seen again. It is believed the aircraft was intercepted by Japanese fighters.

Cunningham received the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing. 
 
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 Parents:
  Sloan B Cunningham (1886 - 1965)
  Mabel T Cunningham (1894 - 1990)
 
Note: Entered the service from South Carolina.
 
Burial:
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Manila
Metro Manila
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
 
Maintained by: dfr
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55923435
1Lt Joseph Ralph Cunningham
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1Lt Joseph Ralph Cunningham
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1Lt Joseph Ralph Cunningham
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With honor and respect. ★☆★
- sniksnak
 Added: Nov. 1, 2014

- sniksnak
 Added: Aug. 21, 2014
With honor and respect. ★☆★
- sniksnak
 Added: Aug. 14, 2014
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