CONINGHAM Arthur
Enlisted at Maugahuia, Dannevirke, New Zealand as 1/456, Trooper, Canterbury Mounted Rifles in August 1914 serving in the Samoan Advance, thence as 7/1177 in the 4th Reinforcement in Gallipoli, invalided home to New Zealand, discharged 1 April 1916.  Rejoined in UK as Lieutenant, temp Captain, Royal Flying Corps

CITATION
Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (KCB)
Gazetted 27 November 1942
In recognition of distinguished services rendered in operational commands of the Royal Air Force during the period 1st October 1940 to 31st March 1941

Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE)
Gazetted 1 January 1946, issue 37407, p32
Air Marshal, Royal Air Force

Companion of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CB)
Gazetted 24 September 1941

Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 26 September 1917
Temp Captain, Royal Flying Corps Special Reserve
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 exhausted by loss of blood he continued his patrol until he was sure there were no more enemy machines in the vicinity, setting a splendid example of pluck and determination

Military Cross
Gazetted 17 September 1917
2nd Lieutenant, Temp Captain, Royal Flying Corps Special Reserve
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.

Distinguished Flying Cross
Gazetted 6 June 1919

Air Force Cross
Gazetted 1 January 1926, p10

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 11 December 1917

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 11 June 1924

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 1 January 1941

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 11 June 1942

Legion of Honour (France)
Gazetted

Croix de Guerre (France)
Gazetted

Distinguished Service Medal (USA)
Gazetted 3 August 1945
Air Marshal, Royal Air Force
Conferred in recognition of valuable services rendered in connection with the War.

Legion of Merit – Chief Commander (USA)
Gazetted 27 August 1943, p3825

Order of Leopold, Grand Officer (Belgium)
Gazetted 23 November 1945
Air Marshal, Royal Air Force
In recognition of valuable services rendered in connection with the war.

Croix de Guerre with Palm (Belgium)
Gazetted 23 November 1945
Air Marshal, Royal Air Force
In recognition of valuable services rendered in connection with the war.

Order of the Phoenix, Grand Cross with swords (Greece)
Gazetted 6 September 1946, p4455
Air Marshal, Royal Air Force
RAF, in recognition of valuable services rendered in connection with the Royal Hellenes Air Force.

Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Orange Nassau (Netherlands)
Gazetted 18 November 1947

AWARDS
Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (KCB)
Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE)
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Force Cross
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Mention in Despatches (2)
General Service Medal 1918
Kurdistan
1939-45 Star
Air Crew Europe Star
France and Germany
Africa Star
Italy Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Mention in Despatches(2)
Silver Jubilee Medal 1935
Coronation Medal 1937
Legion of Honour (France)
Croix de Guerre (France)
Distinguished Service Medal (USA)
Legion of Merit – Chief Commander (USA)
Order of Leopold, Grand Officer (Belgium)
Croix de Guerre with Palm (Belgium)
Order of the Phoenix, Grand Cross w Swords(Greece)
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Orange Nassau (Netherlands)

NOTES
Born 19 January 1895, Brisbane, Australia
Died 30 January 1948 in an airline crash over Atlantic

In Jan 1948, while traveling aboard a Avro 688 Tudor Mark IV passenger aircraft operated by British South American Airways from Santa Maria, Azores to Bermuda, he disappeared along with all others aboard in the Bermuda Triangle in poor weather. A total of 26 US Air Force aircraft were assigned to search for the missing passenger aircraft, but the search was abandoned after five days.
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