24.07.1941 No. 485 Squadron Spitfire IIa P7831 Sgt. Maney
Date: 24th July 1941 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 485 Squadron (11 Group)
Type: Spitfire IIa
Code: OU-? 'Tippera'.
Base: RAF Redhill, Surrey
Location: English Channel
Pilot: Sgt. Jack Maney NZ/40240 RNZAF Age 23. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 13:50 hrs with 10 others from the squadron from RAF West Hampnett in Sussex. The purpose was to escort a group of Blenheim bombers on an operation to Cherbourg in northern France. This was a diversionary operation for another being made by nearly 150 allied bombers on the Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen moored at Brest harbour.
Shortly after the operation they were bounced by Luftwaffe fighters and P7831 was hit. Sgt. Maney called and told the others he had to bale out. They witnessed him baling out and descending safely about 15 miles north of Cherbourg. Despite 8 of the Squadron retuning later in the day no trace of him or wreckage was found.
No. 485 Squadron 1941 - Standing, (L-R): French; P/O. Donald Stuart McGregor NZ/401280; Fl/Lt. Richard Barrett NZ/391324; F/O. William Arthur Middleton NZ/39928;, Allan Shaw; Graham Howe Francis;, John C. Martin NZ/40313; Marcus Knight (CO); Francis Noel Brinsden NZ/40338; Patrick Stewart McBride; Athol Gordon McIntyre NZ/36257;, Thomas Gordon Smith NZ/414692; Bengard; Neville; Gordon Ernest Erridge Kneeling front, left to right: James William George NZ/40722; Murray; A.W. Morton; Hal Thomas; Richard John Bullen NZ/40753; Bill Crawford-Compton NZ/65500; Jack Maney NZ/40240; James Kerrow "Jim" Porteous (aka 'Pranger'); Austin B. Smith; Harvey Nelson Sweetman NZ/40992; and Kevin Desmond Cox NZ/401257.
Sgt. Jack Maney. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 64. Son of Clarence V. and Ellen Maney of Auckland, New Zealand. 355 flying hours logged and it is thought he had completed at least 14 operational sorties.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: