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Pilot: Sgt. Charles Frederick Richard Manning AUS/400230 RAAF Age 20. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a Circus with the rest of the Squadron they came under attack by Me109's of 7/JG26 during the afternoon. A total of 6 aircraft were lost from combat with Me109s on this Circus.
Three other Spitfires were also lost from this squadron on this operation:
Spitfire W3512 Flown by 24 year old Australian for Victoria, P/O. Willaim D. Willis, killed.
Spitfire P8703 Flown by Sgt. A.R. Stuart, taken PoW.
Spitfire W3508 Flown by Sgt. A.K. Try, taken PoW.
This Spitfire Vb W3600 built at Chattis Hill and first flown on 12th July 1941, fitted with the Merlin 45 engine.
A small but great video on 452 Squadron - uploaded by 'Bomber Guy':
Above: St. Aubin-sur-Mer Churchyard as taken by our Kate Tame during her visit to this site in 2012. Any relative who would like a higher resolution image of the grave and or church, please dont hesitate to contact us.
Sgt. Charles Frederick Richard Manning. St. Aubin-sur-Mer Churchyard. Born on the 22nd October 1920 at Bacchus Marsh, the son of Fredrick Richard and Jessie Matilda Caroline Manning, of Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia.
Researched for and dedicated to all relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 1, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include:
Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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