Summary

Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army Air Force 1
Birth:
1920 2
Maryland 2
Death:
03 Apr 1945 3
Austria 1
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Person:
Walter P. Manning 2
Walter Manning 1
Home Town: Massachusetts 1
Birth:
1920 2
Maryland 2
Death:
03 Apr 1945 3
Austria 4
Burial:
1945 4
Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France 4
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army Air Force 1
Service Number:
O-828053 3
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Notes:
Member of the Tuskegee Airmen 1

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  1. Contributed by Spirit_of_45
  2. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 — Contributed by millebr
  3. U.S., Headstone and Interment Records for U.S. Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil — Contributed by millebr
  4. Contributed by millebr
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Stories

On April 3, 1945, 2Lt. Walter P. Manning of the 301st Fighter Squadron was escorting Consolidated B-24 Liberator bombers to a marshalling yard at St. Polten in Austria. On the way back to Ramitelli Air Field in Italy, the squadron flew straight down the Danube River . They were looking for boats and barges as targets of opportunity when they encountered heavy flak at Linz and spotted enemy planes. A battle ensued. Seven pilots shot down 12 planes including an FW-190 shot down by Manning. Unfortunately, Manning's P-51 was hit by enemy fire and went down about 15 miles south of Wels in northern Austria.  

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