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07.01.1942 No. 504 Squadron Spitfire IIa P7823 P/O. McManus

Operation: Routine patrol

Date: 07th January 1942 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 504 Squadron

Type: Spitfire IIa

Serial: P7823 ('Down')

Base: RAF Kirkistown, Northern Ireland

Location: Derrymacash, Lurgan, Northern Ireland

Pilot: P/O. Walter Bartholomew McManus J/5469 RCAF Age 27. Killed


P/O. A. B. McManus lost his life when his aircraft crashed at Derrymacash, Lurgan, during a routine flight from St Angelo in Co. Fermanagh to Ballyhalbert. 

The accident was witnessed by local man Mr. Artie McShane who reported seeing the pilot attempt a forced landing but he had to swerve to avoid rising ground and in the process nose-dived into the ground. 


The aircraft he was flying was one of the many purchased by the 'Belfast Telegraph Spitfire Fund'.


Left and above Ballycranbeg (Mount St. Joseph) R.C. Churchyard. Grave photo available at a higher resolution if required.

Burial Details:

P/O. Walter Bartholomew McManus. Ballycranbeg (Mount St. Joseph) R.C. Churchyard. Grave 31. Son of Harold Joseph and Rose Ellen McManus; husband of Kathleen Clare McManus, of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. (Barrister, Solicitor)

Acknowledgments: With many thanks indeed to Joseph Clint for the supply of information and grave photograph. Joseph lives in the Parish of Ballycran.

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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