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
REASON FOR LOSS:
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.
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.