A Gremlin on my Shoulder: The Story of an Australian Fighter Pilot
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 168 pages
Author: R. Cundy
Other: b&w photos, maps, appendixes, bibliog, glossary
Publisher: Australian Military History Publications
This is the story of a little boy from a remote Australian country village, whose fervent wish was to fly. From a family with very modest income, he had little or no hope of achieving his ambition. But WWII intervened.
Against all odds, Ron Cundy became a fighter pilot and completed many operational combat missions against some of Germany's highest scoring fighter aces. That he survived was in some ways miraculous considering the number of his fellow pilots who were killed.
He was thrice decorated, being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Distinguished Flying Medal and was Mentioned in Dispatched for Gallantry in action against the enemy.
After the war he had a successful career in the service of the New South Wales Government. Working in various departments he was appointed Assistant Commissioner of Land Tax in 1971, followed by the appointment in 1974 as Electoral Commission for New South Wales. He held this position until his retirement in 1982.
Illustrations and Maps
1. Growing up Between the Wars
2. War Declared
3. To England
4. Destination Cairo
5. Gazala Bir Hakeim Line
7. The Tide Turns
8. Battle of Alam Halfa
9. The Offensive
10. A Welcome Visitor
11. The Heinkel 111
12. Christmas Cheer 1942
13. Home to Darwin
Appendix 1. The Author's Citations
Appendix 2. 260 Squadron RAAF
Appendix 3. 452 Squadron RAAF
Appendix 4. 260 Squadron Pilot's Lost in Action
Appendix 5. Herb Cundy
Abbreviations and Glossary