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10.04.1941 No. 1 PRU Spitfire I (PR) B P9396 P/O. Manifould

Operation: Reconnaissance

Date: 10th April 1941 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit. Coastal Command

Type: Spitfire I (PR) B

Serial: P9396

Code: Not issued

Base: RAF Benson, Oxfordshire

Location: Plouescat, France

Pilot: P/O. William Kenneth Manifould MiD. 81658 RAFVR Age 22. Missing - believed killed


Taking off from St. Eval in Cornwall at 17:30 hrs. on a Reconnaissance operation to Brest in France.

Understood to have been intercepted and shot down by Lt. Horst Ulenberg of 2./JG26 with the Spitfire coming down north of Plouescat in the English Channel at 19:25 hrs. His second claim of the day, the first another No. 1 PRU Spitfire. Neither his body or remains of the aircraft were found

Burial details:

P/O. William Kenneth Manifould MiD. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 33. Born on the 28th June 1918 at Ilfracombe, the son of William and Ethel Daisy May Manifould, of Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the sources as shown below.

KTY 14.08.2019

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, 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', 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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