18.10.1944 No. 438 Squadron Typhoon Ib MN555 F3-Z F/O. 'Vic' McMann
Date: 18th October 1944 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 438 Squadron RCAF - Wild Cats (motto: ‘Going down’)
Type: Typhoon Ib
Base: ALG B.78. Eindhoven
Location: 3 Miles South Rheden
Pilot: F/O. "Vic" Victor Ernest McMann J/13598 RCAF Age ? PoW No: 8631 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria / Stalag Luckenwalde
We are extremely grateful to François Dutil (438 Squadron Archivist) for supplying photographs and information to Aircrew Remembered in September 2017.
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a patrol his Typhoon was hit by flak and suffered engine failure.
Forced to land in German held territory 3 miles South of Rheden, he was captured and made PoW.
None, the pilot from Vancouver, Canada, survived the war after being liberated by the Russians on the 22nd April 1945 from Stalag Luckenwalde. Previously served with 118 Squadron and this was reported to be his 63rd Operational sortie.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Francois Dutil and sources as quoted below: