TSGT Leighton M. Manning

TSGT Leighton M. Manning

Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Death 13 Nov 1942 (aged 24)
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Leighton M. Manning
Technical Sergeant, United States Marine Corps
Service # 400767, VMSB-141
Entered the Service from: Canada
Died: 13 November 1942, Lost in storm, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Officially Declared Dead: 19 February 1945
Awards: Purple Heart

Son of John Foster Manning (1882 -1923) and Elaine Agatha Buie McMicking (1885-1943).
"BIRTHS: MANNING - At Swedish Hospital, Seattle, on Saturday, January 5th, 1918, to the wife of Co. Sergt-Maj Frazer Manning (Elaine, youngest daughter of late Robert Burns McMicking), a son." Source: The Daily Colonist, Victoria, B.C., Friday, 11 January 1918, page 12. Although born in the US he was Canadian.

U.S. Marine Corps Muster Roll Jul 1942 - Tenth Recruit Battalion Recruit Depot MB, Parris Island, South Carolina; Staff Sergeant, Leighton M. Manning transferred 10, qual MM; 28, to MCAS, Quantico, Va.; 28, footnote K:.

U.S. Marine Corps Muster Roll Jul 1942 - Aircraft Engineering Squadron 12, USNC, Air Statton, Quantico, Virginia; Staff Sergeant, Leighton M. Manning, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (AV), enlisted 16 May 1942; 29 See footnote "I" (jdfr Tenth Recruit Battalion Recruit Depot MB, Parris Island, South Carolina); Sq Prop Sgt.

"Leighton Manning, former pupil of Monterey and Oak Bay High Schools, who won his wings as an air-gunner last month, and who has been in the city on leave before being posted to active service duty. A former employee of the Daily Colonist, he is the son of Mrs. Elaine Manning, and the grandson of Mrs. R. B. McMicking"

U.S. Marine Corps Muster Roll Oct 1942 - Marine Scout Bombing Squadron One Forty-One, Marine Aircraft Group Fourteen, First Marine Aircraft Wing, Fmf., C/O Postmaster, San Francisco, California. Technical Sergeant Leighton M. Manning, Avr. Radio Gunner; 10 pro; Footnote "A".

He served with the MARINE SCOUT BOMBING SQUADRON 141 (VMSB-141) The Marine Fighting Squadron 141 (VMF-141) was a reserve fighter squadron in the United States Marine Corps. The squadron fought most notably as part of the Cactus Air Force during the Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II.

He was the Radioman/Gunner on a SBD-3, No. 06571 piloted by 2nd Lt. William J. Knapp, Jr.
Record of events, Marine Aircraft Group 14, Oct. 16, 1942 to Dec. 16, 1942

"Marine Aircraft Group 14 began operations at Cactus on October 16, 1942. The mission assigned was to operate the scout bombers and torpedo aircraft available at Cactus.

Among Missions undertaken were reconnaissance and artillery spotting, flights in conjunction with our ground forces, anti-submarine patrols, escort work for surface vessels and area searches....These searches were flown in accordance with a regular schedule....required two SBD's for each search. The purpose of these flights were three fold: First and most important of these being to report movements of any enemy shipping observed, secondly to report any coastal activities of the enemy observed through the islands and thirdly to pass along aerological data on area flown over. These searches were long, hazardous and often carried out despite seemingly impossible flying conditions, and the SBD pilots deserve tremendous credit for the courageous manner in which they carried out this assignment."

War Diary MAG-23 (Guadalcanal) October 27, 1942
"0915-1045 Striking force against AA positions at Kohumbona Beach (coordinates 6511-202,11 on map #104). Force composed of 9 SBD's, 2 P-400's, and 3 P-39's. There appeared to be eight AA positions grouped in the area and in size from 20 MM to 3". 9-1000# bombs and 5-100# bombs were dropped in the area which was also strafed by 5 Army planes. Effect of action on enemy unknown but thought to be considerable with three positions knocked out. The personnel taking part in the attack were as follows: 9 SBD's (VMSB-141)...2nd Lt. W. J. Knapp, S. Sgt. L. F. Manning..."

War Diary MAG-23 (Guadalcanal) October 29, 1942
"...At 2325, thereafter in a nearly continuous chain till daylight SBD's in pairs went out to attack these ships (2 enemy DD's heading for Kohumbona Beach) The flyers were:...2nd Lt. W. J. Knapp, VMSB-141 S. Sgt. L. F. Manning..."

Record of events, Marine Aircraft Group 14, Oct. 16, 1942 to Dec. 16, 1942
"On Oct. 29th, a report came in about noon from Coast Watchers that a force of three DDs was proceeding down the channel between New Georgia and Santa Isabel towards Guadalcanal....However, at 2200, by moonlight, Lt. Zalewski, VS-71, located them approaching Kokumbona Beach. The ships on being discovered reversed their course and thereafter SBD's were dispatched at 15 minute intervals to bomb and strafe the DDs until they were beyond the Russells. Although no hits were made on the DD's (3 near misses), this was a completely successful night operation as the enemy was prevented from accomplishing its mission of landing reinforcements."

War Diary MAG-23 (Guadalcanal) November 1, 1942
"....ten missions were sent out form time to time to strafe and bomb designated areas and reported enemy gun positions West of Pt. Cruz, in support of advancing ground troops....Pilots were:....2nd Lt. W. J. Knapp, VMSB-141, S. Sgt. L. F. Manning (up three times)..."

War Diary MAG-23 (Guadalcanal) November 3, 1942
"About 1530 it was reported that the Japs had affected a landing of troops and artillery about 1000 yards East of Koli Point during the previous night. 15 SBD's; 4 P-38's; 2 P-400's; 1 TBF; and 7 F4F's were sent to bomb and strafe the area. They dropped a total of 76 100-pound and 20 500-pound bombs and on 325-pound depth charge in the area, and received considerable small arms AA fire. All returned safely. The fliers were:....2nd Lt. W. J. Knapp, VMSB-141, S. Sgt. L. M. Manning ..."

War Diary MAG-23 (Guadalcanal) November 6, 1942
C SECTOR SEARCH - 1325 - 1710
Second Lieutenant William J. Knapp; T. Sgt. Leighton M. Manning, VMSB-141
Results: Negative. Bad weather front at Choiseul Island. Otherwise good weather. Went out 250 miles.
Captain, William J. Knapp, Jr. was lost in bad weather on 13 November 1942 while on a mission against the Japanese battleship Hiei and her consort of destroyers. About 1745 on the 13th a group of eight SBDs (four 132, four 141) from CACTUS took off for the Hiei. William J. Knapp was flying SBD-3 06571. "Two Dauntlesses had to turn back...the weather so socked in the skies over Savo that it was difficult to find the target...heavy dark clouds, squalls and fog obscured the skies.... horrible weather.....The same type of weather that finished Wakasugi [Ikuzo Wakasugi, Japanese Zero pilot] also killed the two VMSB-141 crews of second lieutenants, William J. Knapp, Jr., and Amedeo Sandretto." Source: The Death of the Hiei [Japanese battleship] Page 483
Record of events, Marine Aircraft Group 14, Oct. 16, 1942 to Dec. 16, 1942
"In the final attack before dark, Major Sailer lead three pilots from VMSB-132 and four from VMSB-141. He was the only one to make contact due to extremely bad weather and making his dive alone got a direct hit or a very near miss on the CL. Lt. Sandretto and Lt. Knapp failed to return from this mission and are still missing."

U.S. Marine Corps Muster Roll: Jul 1944 - Prisoners Of War And Missing Persons Detachment, Hq, U S Marine Corps - Technical Sergeant, Leighton M. Manning, (AVN) "Missing in Action".

He and William J. Knapp, Jr. were taken off the "missing in action" list and officially declared dead on 19 February 1945.

TSgt Leighton M. Manning
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