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Coningham, Arthur

(1895—1948) air force officer


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(1895–1948). Born in Australia but brought up in New Zealand, Coningham served as a soldier in Samoa and Egypt before being invalided home and discharged on medical grounds in April 1916. He immediately sailed to England, was commissioned in the Royal Flying Corps, became a distinguished fighter pilot and squadron commander, was decorated three times and accepted the nickname ‘Mary’ (derived from ‘Maori’), to which he answered for the rest of his life.

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From The Oxford Companion to World War II in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Second World War.


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