Mannka, Charles Pershing

Individual Personnel Data
Name Mannka, Charles Pershing   
Rank Second Lieutenant
Serial Number O-738710   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 546th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #42 dated 4 July 1943
Duty Bombardier
MOS1035 - Bombardier
Last Duty Date 14 October 1943
Reported missing on MACR 840 (17.474 MB)
Results Killed In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupré, Belgium: Plot C Row 6 Grave 19
Additional Information
  • Ordered on Temporary duty to the American red Cross Club, Southport (a Flak House) for seven days per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #66 dated 8 August 1943.
  • Died in POW camp. From Story of 1Lt.Luther C Cox, Stalag Luft III,93rd Bomb Group: 'Today the eight of June 1944, Lt.Mannka died, just one week after he had been taken from the camp ill. The Goons sent back the report that he had died of pneumonia. But some of us know the real answer. Perhaps he did die of pneumonia, but why? Because he had been thrown into a cold damp cell in solitary confinement where he had remained without any clothes for days until he died. It was murder, thats what it was. This isn't the first time a sick man left the confines of our camp never to return. The same report always comes back, DIED OF PNEUMONIA, when it should read: MURDERED... Several days later, our buddy, Lt. Mannka, was buried at Liegnity, Germany, Standort Cemetery, part 5, Grave 880.'
Related Documents MACR 840 (17.474 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Harry, William RussellPilotPOW
2nd Lt. Rice, Ivan LutherCo-pilotKIA
2nd Lt. Black, David HallNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Mannka, Charles PershingBombardierKIA
T/SGT. Simpson, Edward FrancisRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
T/SGT. Reed, Curry AEngineer / Top Turret GunnerTR
S/SGT. McKenna, John ConatBall Turret GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Parent, Leroy (NMI)Tail GunnerPOW
CPL. Iverson, Bennie FranklinFlexible GunnerCT
S/SGT. Wheeler, Thomas BrooksFlexible GunnerPOW

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 12 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
10 25 July 1943 Target: Blohm & Voss Aircraft Works and Shipyard
Type: Industry
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Bombardier 42‑30145 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back 15 miles from English coast because ball turret was inoperative and the RPM on engine #1 dropped to zero.
Sortie Report
11 28 July 1943 Target: Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Bombardier 42‑30145 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
12 29 July 1943 Target: Naval Base
Type: Military
Location: Kiel, Germany
Bombardier 42‑5051 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back almost immediately because of leak in oxygen system.
Sortie Report
13 30 July 1943 Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Bombardier 42‑5848 Combat Mission Credit
Crash-landed at Boxted, Station 150, on return, with extensive battle damage due to enemy aircraft and flak, with five wounded crewmen aboard. 2nd Lt. William Russell Harry awarded Silver Star (see 'As Briefed' p. 197).
Sortie Report
18 27 August 1943 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Watten, France
Bombardier 42‑30026 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
20 3 September 1943 Target: Air Park and Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Romilly-sur-Seine, France
Bombardier 42‑29935 Aborted mission after taking off.
Sortie Report
22 7 September 1943 Target: Bruxelles-Evere Airfield/Repair Depot
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brussels / Bruxelles, Belgium
Bombardier 42‑29935 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
23 9 September 1943 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Lille-Vendeville & Vitry-en-Artois, France
Bombardier 42‑30005 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
24 16 September 1943 Target: Blockade Runner Ship (in Loire River)
Type: Transportation
Location: Nantes, France
Bombardier 42‑30005 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
26 27 September 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Bombardier 41‑24560 Combat Mission Credit
Possible ground spare aircraft, replaced 42‑30005.
Sortie Report
27 2 October 1943 Target: Port Facilities
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Bombardier 42‑30005 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
28 4 October 1943 Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Bombardier 42‑30033 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
30 9 October 1943 Target: Aircraft Factories
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Anklam, Germany
Bombardier 42‑30005 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
31 10 October 1943 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Münster, Germany
Bombardier 42‑30005 Combat Mission Credit
Ground spare aircraft; replaced 42‑30196.
Sortie Report
32 14 October 1943 Target: Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Bombardier 42‑29800 Combat Mission Credit
Knocked down by enemy aircraft; crashed near Soissons, France; MACR 840.
Sortie Report

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