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 Leslie Thomas Manser

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Leslie Thomas Manser

  • Birth 11 May 1922 New Delhi, Delhi Capital Territory, India
  • Death 31 May 1942 Limburg, Belgium
  • Burial Leuven, Arrondissement Leuven, Flemish Brabant (Vlaams-Brabant), Belgium
  • Plot 7. G. 1.
  • Memorial ID 9760870

World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in New Delhi, India, he served as a Flying Officer in the 50 Squadron, Royal Air Force. On the night of May 30, 1942, Flying Officer Manser in his Manchester bomber aircraft, was part of the mass raid on Cologne, Germany. As he came over the target, his aircraft was caught in searchlights and although he bombed the target successfully, his plane was hit by flak. In an effort to escape the anti-aircraft fire he took evasive action, reduced his altitude but did not escape the flak until he was clear of the city. Rather than abandon the aircraft and be captured, he tried to get the aircraft and crew to safety. The port engine then burst into flames, burning the wing and reducing airspeed to a dangerously low level. The aircraft was by now over Belgium and Flying Officer Manser ordered the crew to bale out and refused the offer of a parachute for himself. He remained at the controls in order to save his crew and died when his plane crashed in flames into a dyke at Bree, Belgium. For most prestigious gallantry, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross on October 23, 1942.

Service No: 66542
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 50 Sqdn.
Honors: V C

Son of Thomas James Stedman Manser and Rosaline Manser, of Radlett, Hertfordshire.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith





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  • Added: 5 Nov 2004
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Leslie Thomas Manser (11 May 1922–31 May 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9760870, citing Heverlee War Cemetery, Leuven, Arrondissement Leuven, Flemish Brabant (Vlaams-Brabant), Belgium ; Maintained by Find A Grave .