Le lieutenant Alfred A. Cunningham, 1912
Courtesy of Jean-Pierre Lauwers

     If you search for "Alfred Austell Cunningham", using the Google search engine, (10-5-05), you will find about 175 links! Among the most helpful are the following.

     This page on the Marine Corps Legacy Museum website is a good place to start your search for information on the life and career of LtCol Cunningham. You can access the page by clicking on the title above.

Alfred Austell Cunningham
Lieutenant Colonel, United States Marine Corps
     This page on the Arlington National Cemetery website offers a beautiful portrait of LtCol Cunningham and a comprehensive review of his career. You can access the page by clicking on the title above.


     To visit his entry on this site, first click on National Aviation Hall of Fame to go to the homepage. Next, highlight and click on "Enshrinees List" at the lower left corner of the page. You will find an alphabetical listing of all enshrinees on this page. Then highlight and click on his name.
Use your "BACK" button to return to this site.

The Diary of Captain Alfred A. Cunningham
November 1917 -- January 1918
Edited by
Graham A. Cosmas
     You can read this entire diary online, which includes many photographs, on the University of Kansas website, by clicking on the title above.

USS Alfred A. Cunningham DD 752
     I was alerted to this website by Bruce L. Bikle, Ph.D. whose father, Burton L Bikle, was commanding officer of the Cunningham from 1953 to 1955. Bruce recalls:
     "There was a photo of AA Cunningham at the controls of an early aircraft posted in the wardroom. It was too many years ago to remember a positive id, I after all was only 7-9 years old. As I remember it, he was one of the very first naval aviators and the ship was laid down and launched in 1944 and following navy tradition of the time, destroyers were named after navy heros and others of special note."
      You can access the site by clicking on the title above.

A A. Cunningham
Alfred Cunningham, 1917
Photo Courtesy of the University of Kansas

A A. Cunningham
A A. Cunningham
Alfred Cunningham, photograph
Photo Courtesy of Sondra Prine
Alfred Cunningham, postcard image
Photo Courtesy of Sondra Prine
A A. Cunningham
Alfred Cunningham, photograph
Photo Courtesy of Sondra Prine

Can You Help Identify These Photos?

I have a large picture that I found in a box of stuff purchased at a flea market. I have been told that this is a picture of AA Cunningham. However, I have been unable to find a picture of him to compare and know for sure. Would you be able to identify this picture or direct me to a site that may have more close up photos? I also have a postcard which has a picture and may be the same man. I can send a picture of these items if you like. Thank you.
Sondra K. Prine
Editor's Note: This email request was received on January 2, 2002. Subsequently she sent the pictures seen above. If you can help us confirm the identity of the aviator pictured, we would be very grateful.


Editor's Note: The following response was received on March 12, 2002, from Jean-Pierre Lauwers. He sent the image which you see at the top of the page. He also included a number of important facts referring to the career of A. A. Cunningham. I have extracted the following pertinent remarks from his message.
The photo is of Cunningham who flew for the first time in August, 1912. I believe he became one of the first Naval Marine pilots.
Notice on this photo the appearance of the nose-cheek plies, and mouth configuration. It indeed corresponds with the left photo on your website!
The other photo is from a later age I guess and is a bit unclear to be sure...
Greetings from Bruges, West-Flanders, Belgium
Jean-Pierre Lauwers

Email to Sondra Prine
Yes to your comparison, I have seen this picture somewhere at Wing HQ and it is Afred A. Cunnningham.
Top Cosans
Cosans MGySgt Thomas III

Alfred A. Cunningham, ?
Courtesy of Martin Wagner

     I am of the opinion that although there is a resemblance, the man in the photo is not A.A. Cunningham. If you wish to post that scan to your web page I would be delighted. Perhaps one of your visitors will be able to positively identify it for us.
Martin Wagner

Alfred A. Cunningham died in 1939
From The Early Birds of Aviation
Roster of Members
January 1, 1996

Editor's Note:
If you have any more information on this Early Bird,
please contact me.
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