SSGT John Edward “Jack” Cunningham
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SSGT John Edward “Jack” Cunningham

Birth
Glen Ellyn, DuPage County, Illinois, USA
Death 24 Mar 1945 (aged 22)
India
Cenotaph Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot SECTION MF, SITE 46-D-14
Memorial ID 22056104 · View Source
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S/Sgt. John E. Cunningham was the 5th of seven children and youngest son of Vincent and Nelle (Ellis) Cunningham. Both parents were Salvation Army officers. The family moved to Atlanta in 1929. Originally, John was a B-24 gunner on the Robert Kimbrough crew, 9th Bomb Squadron, 7th Bomb Group, 10th Air Force, India-Burma Theater. When Kimbrough and his copilot were transferred, Cunningham and the rest of the crew became "floaters" assigned to other crews whenever they were needed. John became a permanent replacement for S/Sgt. Harold F. Peters on the Margolies crew after Peters was sent home due to severe amoebic dysentery and a dying father. Cunningham was killed, along with three others, when their B-24L Liberator suffered engine problems, forcing the pilot to ditch in India's Sundarbans, a mangrove swampland bordering the Bay of Bengal. Both John's and Edwin Scranton's parachutes failed to open in time. Both men and the pilot, along with the bomber, remain missing in what now is Bangladesh. The body of a 4th crew member was recovered. John was 22. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Unit Citation, and (posthumously) the Purple Heart. They are officially honored on Tablets of the Missing, Manila American Cemetery, Philippines.

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SSGT, 9 AAF BOMB SQ, 7 BOMB GP WORLD WAR II

Gravesite Details S/Sgt. Cunningham, Lt. Scranton, and Lt. Margolies are honored with memorial headstones at Arlington National Cemetery. A full military honors ceremony was held there for relatives of the missing trio May 26, 2005. They are officially honored on Tab

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  • Created by: Hope
  • Added: 9 Oct 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22056104
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT John Edward “Jack” Cunningham (6 Jul 1922–24 Mar 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22056104, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Hope (contributor 46790939) .