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Coningham, Arthur "Mary"

Date of birth:
January 19th, 1895 (Brisbane/Queensland, Australië)
Date of death:
January 29th, 1948 (Bermuda Triangle, Atlantic Ocean)
Nationality:
New Zealander (1907-1947, Dominion UK)

Biography

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Temporary Captain
Unit:
No. 32 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps
Awarded on:
September 17th, 1917
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in attacking enemy aircraft. On numerous occasions he has displayed great dash and a fine offensive spirit in engaging the enemy at close range, and driving them down completely out of control."
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Temporary Captain
Unit:
No. 32 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps
Awarded on:
September 26th, 1917
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. With three other pilots he attacked an enemy machine which was protected by ten others, shot it down, and destroyed another one the same evening. Shortly afterwards he and two others attacked five of the enemy, and although wounded and rendered unconscious for the moment, he succeeded in driving down two of the enemy. In spite of being much exhausted by loss of blood he continued his patrol until he was sure that no more enemy machines were in the vicinity} setting a splendid example of pluck and determination."
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Captain
Awarded on:
December 11th, 1917
Mentioned in Dispatches
Rank:
Squadron Leader
Unit:
Staff, HQ Egyptian Group, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
June 11th, 1924
Mentioned in Dispatches
Rank:
Squadron Leader
Unit:
Personnel Staff, Headquarters, RAF Middle East Command, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1926
Air Force Cross
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Air Vice-Marshal
Unit:
No. 4 Group, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1941
Mentioned in Dispatches
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Air Vice-Marshal
Unit:
No. 204 Group, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
September 24th, 1941
Companion of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Air Vice-Marshal
Unit:
AHQ Western Desert, Middle East Command, British Army
Awarded on:
June 11th, 1942
Mentioned in Dispatches
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Air Vice-Marshal
Unit:
AHQ Western Desert, Middle East Command, British Army
Awarded on:
November 27th, 1942
Commander of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (KCB/DCB)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Air Marshal
Unit:
Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF), Mediterranean Air Command (MAC), Allied Forces
Awarded on:
August 27th, 1943
Legion of Merit - Chief Commander (LoM - CC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Air Marshal
Unit:
Second Tactical Air Force (2TAF), Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
August 3rd, 1945
Distinguished Service Medal - Army (DSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Air Marshal
Unit:
Second Tactical Air Force (2TAF), Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
November 23rd, 1945
Grootofficier in de Leopoldsorde / Grand officier de l'Ordre de Léopold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Air Marshal
Unit:
Second Tactical Air Force (2TAF), Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
November 23rd, 1945

With Palms.
Croix de Guerre 1940
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Air Marshal
Unit:
Second Tactical Air Force (2TAF), Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1946
Knights/Dames Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (K/DBE)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Air Marshal
Unit:
Second Tactical Air Force (2TAF), Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
September 6th, 1946
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Air Marshal
Unit:
Second Tactical Air Force (2TAF), Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
November 18th, 1947
Ridder Grootkruis in de Orde van Oranje Nassau (ON.1)

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