670th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

2Lt. Thomas William McManus Jr.

Pilot,  O-750423

Killed In Action - Aug 6, 1944

670th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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      Born: 09-Nov-1921, Bakersfield, Kern County, California

Entered Military Service: Date: 16-Mar-1942 At: Bakersfield, CA From: Kern County, California

Buried: Union Cemetery, Bakersfield, California, Plot: 1147 - 4

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National World War II Registry

Lieut. McManus Listed As Dead

Family of Pilot is Notified by Army

War department notification was received by members of the family today the Lieutenant Thomas W. McManus, Jr., of the army air forces, had been killed in action, according to a news dispatch from Washington, D. C., where Thomas W. McManus, Sr., reported the information had been given him from official sources. Lieutenant McManus, serving with the Ninth Air Foce based in England, awas listed as missing since August 6 when he took part in an air raid over Louviers, 60 miles northwest of Paris.

The lieutenant was the only son of the local prominent family. He is survived by his window, the former Oma Louise Dear, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dear, 157 A street, who has been making her home in Bakersfield since her husband went overseas last August.

The local youth was graduated from Bakersfield High School and Junior College and was in his senior year at the University of California at Los Angeles when he enlisted in the air corps. He received his wings at Yuma, Ariz., in July, 1943, and later received transitory training at Mather Field at Sacramento flying B-25s. He instructed in B-25 training and was then sent to Charlotte, N. C., for training with A-20 Havoc planes. He was stationed in Savannah, Ga., before leaving for overseas. The young lieutenant had made a distinguished record for himself in his squadron before taking part in the raid that sent him to his death during the battle for the liberation of France.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Ethel Bacon McManus; by his aunt, Mrs. Lucille Easton, and several cousins including Terry Easton, who has served in four major battles in the south Pacific with the United States Marines; by his uncle, Arthur McManus, and by two sisters, Loretta, residing here with her mother at 2004 Verde street, and Rosemary, a student at Ramona Convent, and by several uncles, including Dr. Senn Bacon, of Salinas; Lieutenant JosephBacon, of the United States Navy; David Bacon of Cambridge, Mass., and a grandmother, Mrs. Alice Bacon of North Hampton, and an aunt, Mrs. Charles Miller, of Los Angeles.

Mr. McManus, Sr., is now en route to Bakersfield from Washington.

Extracted from Newspapers.com

According to Fabrice Dhollande, a French WWII researcher, Lt. McManus' aircraft crashed east of Louviers, France
in a place called La ferme Du Buck or "the Du Buck farm".

A/C Seen to Crash. Acft hit by flak over target area, flamed, dropped out of formation, went into flat spin. Last seen to crash east of Louviers.

Important Note: S/N "43-9987" listed in the MACR report should actually be "43-9978".

Missing in Action: Lt. T.W. McManus, Sgt. G.A. Hart, Sgt. J.H. LaPionte--plane seen to crash in the target area.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also MACR 7872 and Mission # 116

Photos and Documents
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
Fresno Bee, Fresno, California, 19 Aug 1944
The Bakersfield Californian, 14 November 1944, page 9
Wednesday, November 15, 1944, Evening Star (Washington (DC), District of Columbia), Page 2
The Bakersfield Californian (Bakersfield, California) 25 Jul 1949, Mon Page 17
The Fresno Bee The Republican (Fresno, California) 15 Nov 1944, Wed Page 33
The Bakersfield Californian (Bakersfield, California) 30 Jan 1945, Tue Page 11
The Bakersfield Californian (Bakersfield, California) 12 Apr 1945, Thu Page 11
The Bakersfield Californian (Bakersfield, California) 22 Nov 1944, Wed Page 6
Headstone Application
Headstone Application
Rosters Of WW II Dead
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry

Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources

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