SSgt Harry M Manson

SSgt Harry M Manson

Birth
Massachusetts, USA
Death 17 Aug 1943 (aged 23–24)
East Sepik, Papua New Guinea
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

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Memorial ID 56761892 · View Source
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Harry's next of kin was noted as being Miss Mary Gray who was his fiance and she resided in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Harry served as a Staff Sergeant & Gunner on B-24D "Yanks From Hell" #41-23716, 321st Bomber Squadron, 90th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Essex County, Massachusetts prior to the war.

B-24D #41-23716 took off, with 23 other B-24's, from 5-Mile Drome (Wards - APO #713) near Port Moresby on a night bombing mission over Boram Airfield near Wewak, Papua New Guinea. They were hit & shot down by "intense" ground anti-aircraft fire and crashed at Cape Boram.

Harry was declared "Missing In Action" in this crash during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 6265899

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Airmen who perished on B-24D #41-23716:

Adams, Rupert W ~ M/Sgt, Passenger, AL
Casale, Joseph M ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, NJ
Dodson, Richard T ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, CA
Eaton, Jack W ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, WA
George, Jason V, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, SC
Jordan, Oscar R ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, NC
Kane, Valentine B, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, NJ
Manson, Harry M ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, MA
Meding, Edward S ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, OH
Podesta, Alfred A ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NY
St Jeor, Raymond L ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, ID

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On this same mission B-24D "Twin Nifty's" #42-40348 was also lost. For more on that crew see:

Freas, Charles R ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, PA

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56761892
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Harry M Manson (1919–17 Aug 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56761892, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .