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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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18.09.1941 No. 452 Squadron (RAAF) Spitfire Vb W3600 Sgt. Manning

Operation: Circus 99

Date: 18th September 1941 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 452 Squadron (RAAF)

Type: Spitfire Vb

Serial: W3600

Base: RAF Kenley

Location: St. Aubin-sur-Mer, France

Pilot: Sgt. Charles Frederick Richard Manning AUS/400230 RAAF 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 Me109s 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. William D. Willis, killed.

Spitfire P8703 Flown by Sgt. A.R. Stuart, taken PoW.

Spitfire W3508 Flown by Sgt. A.K. Try, taken PoW.

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: 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. Born on the 22nd October 1920 at Bacchus Marsh, the 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.

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