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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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18.09.1941 No. 452 Squadron (R.A.A.F.) Spitfire Vb W3600 Sgt. Manning

Operation: Circus 99

Date: 18th September 1941 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 452 Squadron (R.A.A.F.)

Type: Spitfire Vb

Serial: W3600

Base: R.A.F. Kenley

Location: St. Aubin-sur-Mer, France

Pilot: Sgt. Charles Frederick Richard Manning AUS/400230 R.A.A.F. Age 20. Killed


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 Me109’s 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 P.o.W.

Spitfire W3508 Flown by Sgt. A.K. Try taken, P.o.W.

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 and left: 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.

Burial Details:

Sgt. Charles Frederick Richard Manning. St. Aubin-sur-Mer Churchyard. 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.

Acknowledgements: 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 and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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