Summary

Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army Air Forces 1
Branch:
Army Air Force 1
Rank:
Second Lieutenant 2
Birth:
03 May 1920 3
Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland 3
Death:
03 Apr 1945 4
Wels, Wels, Upper Austria, AustriaAustria 5
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Person:
Walter Peyton Manning 4
Walter Manning 1
Home Town: Massachusetts 1
Birth:
03 May 1920 4
Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland 4
Death:
03 Apr 1945 5
Wels, Wels, Upper Austria, AustriaAustria 6
Burial:
1945 7
Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France 7
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Birth:
Mother: Winnifred S. Manning 8
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army Air Forces 2
Branch:
Army Air Force 1
Rank:
Second Lieutenant 3
Enlistment Date:
15 Mar 1943 9
Enlistment Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 9
Service Number:
O-828053 5
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Notes:
Member of the Tuskegee Airmen 1

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  4. World War II Draft Cards Young Men — Contributed by millebr
  5. U.S., Headstone and Interment Records for U.S. Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil — Contributed by millebr
  6. 301st Fighter Squadron - statement of 2Lt. Carl E. Carey — Contributed by millebr
  7. Global, Find A Grave Index — Contributed by millebr
  8. Headstone and Interment Records for U.S. Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil — 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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