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William George Cunnington of Trimsaran, South Wales joined the RAFVR about October 1937 as an Airman u/t Pilot. He was called up on 1st September 1939, completed his training and was serving with 607 Squadron at Usworth in early July 1940.
On 14th September Cunnington shared in the destruction of a Ju88. He was posted away in October and in mid-November was one of thirteen pilots in the carrier HMS Argus, heading for Malta. At dawn on 17th November 1940 the first six Hurricanes took off, Cunnington amongst them.
Led by a FAA Skua, they reached their first landfall, Galite Island, safely but nearly half an hour late and running low on fuel. They were led on the final leg by a Sunderland.
One of the Hurricanes ran out of fuel, the pilot baled out and was picked up by the Sunderland, which then hurried on to catch up with the others. By this time Cunnington had also run out of fuel. He baled out but the Sunderland failed to find him.
Cunnington is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 13.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner