Discussion in 'Prisoners of War, MIA, & Internees' started by Airwar, Aug 15, 2017.
2nd Lt Walter P Manning (Tuskegee pilot) findagrave https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56657981 (photo and data added, caption below)
2nd Lt Walter P Manning enlisted into military service on 15 March 1943 entering at Philadelphia Pennsylvania, a native of Maryland, original ASN: 33592772. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant, officer ASN: O-828053 served as a pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen operating from Ramitelli Air Base, Italy assigned to the 301st FS, 332nd FG, 15th Air Force.
On 1 April 1945 Lt Manning was on a bomber escort mission to St. Polten, Austria flying his Mustang P-51B-15-NA-42-106943 with eight planes in his flight. In the Wels, Austria area, about 15 miles southwest of Linz, Austria the squadron became engaged in a dog fight with Luftwaffe aircraft. Lt Manning was shot down in the Wels area but was able to bail out, to become a POW. F/O William P Armstrong, ASN: T-66139 was also shot down in this same action, KIA crashing with his plane.
Sadly, two days later Lt Walter P Manning an unarmed POW was murdered by the Nazis, not an uncommon fate for downed allied airmen late in the war. The following is an account of what happened in Lt Manning’s case:
"A particularly tragic event occurred on 1 April 1945 in Linz-Hörsching. Walter Manning, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, was affected. This is an air force organization of the US Army Air Force, in which - due to the then valid racial segregation in the USA - only African Americans served. "These were even more hostile to Nazi propaganda," says Hoffmann.
"Manning was to be lynched by a local group leader, but this was initially prevented by military soldiers, and he was then given relative safety to the airbornehorst Horsching, and local party officials and Nazi officers attempted to gain access to Manning to take him to the Lynchjustiz Days, Manning was severely mistreated and finally hanged in front of the Horstkommandantur, with a blackboard round his neck, saying, 'We are fighting back,' Hoffmann says.
It is particularly tragic that the case was quickly forgotten in the USA. The perpetrators were known, but they were never questioned and never taken. Manning's mortal remains lie on a French military cemetery.".
2nd Lt Walter P Manning, NOK listing was his Mother, Mrs. Winifred S Manning, 4200 Powelton, Ave., Philadelphia, PA.
Lt Manning is interred at the Lorraine American Cemetery, Plot K, Row 36, Grave 37; https://www.abmc.gov/node/537599#.WZRo_eSWyM9 Awards: Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart.
NARA enlistment record
AAF combat loss, MACR 13377 (4 pages)
Photo source fold3.com
2nd Lt Walter P Manning, POW Murder account
Lt Manning POW murder also noted here, search page Manning
https://books.google.nl/books?id=BC...E#v=onepage&q=absturz 23 AUGUST 1944,&f=false
With the aid of Raf Dyckmans of the Fields of Honor Database, Research Team, and members of "Faces of Lorraine American Cemetery", grave and headstone photos were taken of Lt Manning's final resting place last weekend and shared with me this morning. Raf has also updated Lt Manning's Fields of Honor page with photos and data.
Also updated is Lt Manning's findagrave memorial https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56657981
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