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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Cundall
CUNDALL, Gp Capt Henry John (1919-2001)
Level of description
Collection (Fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box (0.01cubic metres)


Name of creator(s)
Cundall, Henry John, 1919-2001, Group Captain
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1919; RAF College, Cranwell, 1937-1938; Pilot Officer 1938; School of Air Navigation, Manston, Jan-Apr 1939; 75 (Bomber) Squadron, Apr-Jul 1939; Met Flight, Mildenhall, Jul-Sep 1939; School of Air Navigation, St Athan, Glamorgan, Sep 1939-Jul 1940; Flying Officer 1940; BAT & DU, WIDU & 109 Squadron, Boscombe Down Wilts, Jul 1940-Aug 1941; Flight Lt 1941; Acting Sqn Ldr 1941; Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, Jan 1942-Apr 1943; AFC 1942; 109 Squadron, Wyton, Apr-Jun 1943; Sqn Ldr 1943; Acting Wg Cdr 1943; commanded 105 Squadron, Marham & Bourn, June 1943-Sep 1944; DFC 1943; Acting Gp Capt 1944; DSO 1944; RAF Staff College 1944; Air Headquarters, India, 1945-1946; Officer Commanding RAF Agra, 1946-1947; Headquarters, Flying Training Command, 1948-1950; Officer Commanding Flying, Hullavington, 1950-1952; Wg Cdr 1950; Air Ministry, 1953-1955; Officer Commanding BCDU, Wittering, 1955-1956; Gp Capt 1957; Gp Capt Ops HQ Middle East Air Force, 1957-1959; Officer Commanding 24 AD Wing, Watton, 1960-1961; CBE 1960; retired 1961; died, 29 Dec 2001.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Copies deposited by Gp Capt Cundall, 1999

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Gp Capt Henry John Cundall on his RAF service, 1937-1961, comprising photocopies of flying log books, Jan 1937-Oct 1960, and file of papers on RAF service, 1937-1961. Log books include outline record of service, 1937-1960, details of ranks held, awards, and types of aircraft flown; file of loose papers includes photocopies of RAF College Cranwell examination papers for Flight Cadets, Apr 1938; Bomber Command training transfer card, Dec 1938; Royal Aircraft Establishment graph of speed; certification green cards for Cundall as a pilot, 1951 and 1956; notes on 'Morale and leadership' in the RAF, Jan 1951 note on the correct recording of flying times for pilots' flying log books [1952]; Chart of ranges of Meteor 7 aircraft, according to altitude and condition, [c.1952]; Checklist for Canberra B2 and T4, [c. 1956]; 'Drills for abandoning Canberra aircraft in extreme emergency' [c.1956]; press cutting from The Times , 31 Jul 1961, 'Constant preparedness at missile station', re Bloodhound missiles at RAF Watton, Norfolk, quoting Cundall as Commanding Officer; letter of appreciation from AM Sir Hector McGregor, Fighter Command HQ, Bentley Priory, 31 Oct 1961, on Cundall's retirement; press cutting from The Sunday Times , 16 Jan 1983, 'Operation Oboe: flying heroes 40 years on', referring to Cundall; press cuttings from Eastern Daily Press , 3 Feb 1995, 'The Wooden Wonder goes to war' and 'Mosquito master of skies: hazardous missions from Norfolk', relating to launch for The men who flew the mosquito , by Martin Bowman (Patrick Stephens, Sparkford, 1995); Note on minimum weather requirements for flight clearance for pilots holding white certification cards and green certification cards, [1951]; Graph of static thrust and RPM for an Rolls Royce Avon engine, [1950s]

System of arrangement

File of general papers in approximate date order

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note
Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.
Rules or conventions
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions
August 2001; update 7 Jan 2002.

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  • Air defence
  • Air force personnel
  • Air warfare
  • Aircraft
  • Armed forces
  • Chemical actions and uses
  • Defence
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military aircraft
  • Military engineering
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Pharmaceutic aids
  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • State security
  • Vehicles
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Cundall, Henry John, 1919-2001, Group Captain
  • Cundall, Henry John, 1919-2001, Group Captain

Corporate names

  • RAF College, Cranwell
  • RAF, Bomber Command
  • RAF, Fighter Command
  • RAF, Royal Air Force

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