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    Default Flying Officer, Raymond J.G. Manning, RAF,VR.

    F.O. Manning is buried in Florence War Cemetery, Italy alongside his wife, Cadet Ensign Diana Manning, Women's Transport Service (F.A.N.Y). Both died on 19th February 1945.

    Would be grateful if anybody has details of the cause of their deaths.

    Tony

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    Tony,

    They were among the casualties on this aircraft (from my 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 (Volume Two: Fates 1943-1998)'):

    Mon 19 Feb 1945
    MEDITERRANEAN ALLIED AIR FORCES

    Duty flight from Florence to Capodichino, near Naples
    Mediterranean Allied Tactical Air Force Communications Flight, RAF (Capodichino, Italy)
    Hudson VI FK608 - took off at from Peretola (Florence) at 1027, and moments later appeared to suffer a loss of power or complete failure of the port engine while turning to port at 400 feet. The pilot seemed to have taken corrective action, but in the strong and gusty wind conditions was unable to regain control in time to prevent FK608 spinning to the left, whereupon it crashed near the airfield killing all 10 on board. The four crew are buried at Florence, as are two of the passengers, one a British Army Sgt, the other a Women’s Transport Service nurse and wife of the 2nd pilot. The others who died were a Major of the USAAF 12th Air Force and three officers of the US 15th Army Group.
    Pilot: NZ415408 Flt Lt Harry Barron COOPER, RNZAF - Age 22. 920hrs solo (495 on Hudson)
    Prior to serving with the Communications Flight, Cooper had flown with 500 Sqn, RAF, but his number of ops is unknown.

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    Thanks Errol

    My primary interest was in his wife a member of F.A.N.Y. many of whom were generally engaged in Top Secret activities; she was attached to HQ Force 139, C.M.F. will have to do some independant research on her reason for being on an aircraft, by coincidence, co-piloted by her husband?

    Tony

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    Tony,

    On casualty message pilot, nav, wop named in that order and noted as 'ALL HQ MATAF COMM FLIGHT.

    Then Manning as 'Pilot' of 'HQ 334 WING'.

    Then passengers.

    Email me direct if you would like a scan of the document.

    Errol

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    Cemetery section II.C
    F/O MANNING RJG 152227 - 19/02/1945 RAFVR Grave 17
    F/Lt (Pilot) COOPER HB 415408 - 19/02/1945 RNZAF Grave 17
    F/Lt (Nav) HARPIN R 138474 - 19/02/1945 RAFVR Grave 16
    F/Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) D'ASSONVILLE GJ 1685982 - 19/02/1945 RAFVR Grave 15


    MANNING DM 16489 ATTD HQ FORCE 139, CMF 19/02/1945 WOMEN'S TRANSPORT SERVICE (F.A.N.Y.) Grave 18
    S/Sgt WITHEY CJ 1835032 25 HAA BDE 19/02/1945 ROYAL ARTILLERY Grave 14

    is the USAAF Major ,
    Major William N Mallory O-904625, HQ 12 AF per ABMC

    He of Operation Mallory Major 'fame'.?

    Can you give us the names of the other three Americans, it can be very difficult to find details of Americans who were not killed in front line operations. A family member might be searching in the future, you never know.
    Dennis Burke
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    maybe not!

    (Newspaper)Fresno Bee Republican (Fresno, California) 28 February 1945

    Rome Feb 18 (AP) - "It was disclosed today 10 persons, including three officers of Lieutenant Mark W Clark's staff, were killed February 19th while enroute home on leave when their transport plane crash upon taking off from an Italian field.
    The three staff officers killed were Lieutenant Colonel John T Walker, 32, Springfield, Ill.; Lieutenant John Howard Faust, 32, Wyomissing, Pa., and Major Donald M Kerr, Portland, Ore.
    Another American Officer killed was Major William N Mallory, 42, Memphis, a star fullback at Yale in 1923."

    Anyone want a copy of the news article for their records? From ancestry.com
    Dennis Burke
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    Another article in a Texas paper refers to Walker as an air liason pilot who frequently flew General Clark. He had been awarded Legion of merit on one week before.

    Faust is discribed as assistant artilliary officeer of 15th Army Group
    Kerr, Transportation Officer.
    Mallory - Intelligence officer for the Tactical Airforce.
    Dennis Burke
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    on their way, edit out your quote above before you get a lashing!!

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9289
    Dennis Burke
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    Tony
    Diana [Dippy] Manning nee Portman has 3 mentions in Margaret Pawley's book "In Obedience to Instructions " FANY with the SOE in the Mediterranean . [M. Pawley was a FANY in Italy] Pages 110, 115 & 116. It's an interesting book

    Sue Ryder is also mentioned on p115

    Briefly "On February 11th Dippy Portman married Flt /Lt Guy Manning in a chapel of a private house in Laureto.They flew to Florence for their honeymoon.Eight days later ,taking off on the return flight the engine stalled & plane struck the ground ---The NZ pilot & all four passengers were killed" No mention of the other 5 ?

    Anne

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    Anne

    Thanks for that. At least that explains what she was doing on the aircraft. However, without immediate access to the book is there any indication of what duty or function Diana Portman (Manning) was enagaged in?

    Tony

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