41-30363         MACR 1057

 

On 9 October 1943 a B-25D, # 41-30363, assigned to 14th Air Force, 11th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Namyung, China, on a mission to bomb and strafe the enemy. The crew was:

                                         Pilot                             1stLt Daniel Manley                            0-730940

                                         Co-Pilot                       1stLt Clifford T. Schapansky               0-730791

                                         Navigator/Bombardier 2ndLt Richard A. McCarthy               0-741208

                                         Crew Chief                  SSgt Walter (NMI) Barnart                  32258420

Witnesses who saw the crash: 2ndLt Herbert F. Hempe, 0-322923, 2ndLt Jack H. Potter, 0-794447, 1stLt Arvis R. Kirkland, 0-789097, and SSgt William W. Johnson, 12073511. Witnesses saw #41-30363 make a strafing run at 1430 hours on a lighthouse and about 50-100 yards and on the beach below a steep cliff was the wreckage of the B-25 on fire. The wreckage was strewn about a “good sized area.” The next-of-kin were:

                                   Manley             Mary A. Manley, M, 539 Fourth Ave. South, Clinton, Iowa

                                   Schapansky      Thomas T. Schapansky, F, 630 E. Elizabeth, McPherson, KS

                                   McCarthy         Anna M. McCarthy, M, 160-15 7th Ave., Beechhurst, Long Island, NY

                                   Barnart            Miss Margaret L. Barnart, S, 1251 Arden Ave., Eltingville, Staten I., NY

MANLEY, DANIEL (NMI), JR., Captain, # 0-730940, USAAF

 

Daniel Manley Jr. was born on 15 April 1918 in Boone, Boone Co., Iowa, to Daniel Manley (1875-1929) (IA) and Mary Alma (Mae) (Sparks) Manley nee Gonse (1890-1983) (married on 23 October 1916, Elvira, IA). Sibling was Ruth Nadine (Manley) Lillie (1921-2002). A half-sibling was William Leroy Gonse (used Manley in 1940) (1910-1984).

 

He enlisted (enlisted SN 37039815) in the USAAF on 6 February 1941. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools (Fort Des Moines, IA and Williams Field, AZ) and was assigned to fly the B-25 Mitchell. He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 9 October 1943 a B-25D, # 41-30363, assigned to 14th Air Force, 11th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Namyung, China, on a mission to bomb and strafe the enemy. Witnesses who saw the crash: 2ndLt Herbert F. Hempe, 0-322923, 2ndLt Jack H. Potter, 0-794447, 1stLt Arvis R. Kirkland, 0-789097, and SSgt William W. Johnson, 12073511. Witnesses saw #41-30363 make a strafing run at 1430 hours on a lighthouse and about 50-100 yards and on the beach below a steep cliff was the wreckage of the B-25 on fire. The wreckage was strewn about a “good sized area.” After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the Elvira Cemetery, Elvira, Clinton Co., Iowa.