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Wayne T. Mann
 
Wayne Mann, WWII
Wayne Mann, WWII
 
 
Recent Address:   5111 Ledgestone Dr., Ft. Worth, TX 76132-2018
 
Email:    
 
Family Information:   Parents: Henry and Pearl; Sibling: John, Rudd
 
Hometown:   El Paso, TX
 
Date Entered Service:   1941
 
Service Number:   O-16990272 and R-106131 (CRAF)
 
Bomb Group:   444th
 
Squadron:   679th
 
Location of Unit:   Great Bend, KS Spring 1943
 
Missions Flown:   Many
 
Hump Missions Flown:   Many. Bailed out over the Hump.
 
Targets:    
 
Awards/Decorations:   Unknown
 
Service Schools Attended:   Flight School -- Canada 1941-2
 
Military Specialty(ies):   Pilot (AT-6, B-24, B-17, B-25, B-29)
 
Rank Upon Discharge:   Captain
 
Crew Type:   Flight crew
 
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-6277 Shanghai Lil, 42-24723 Shanghai Lil Rides Again, 42-63378 Fubar
 
Were you a POW?   No
 
Were you interned?   No
 
Date Transferred from the 58th:    
 
Date Discharged from the 58th:   1950
 
Post-WWII Military Service:   Spent some time in the reserves
 
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Owner of drugstore in El Paso, TX. Flying for El Paso Gas Co. moving personnel from one location to another. Died in airplane crash near Santa Fe, NM, 11/30/51.
 
Comments:

Capt. Wayne T. Mann joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in mid-1941. He was transferred back to the USAF in early 1942. Instructor Pilot in Dyersburg, Tennessee in B-17. Transferred to Luke, AZ as B-24 Instructor. In original members of 20th Air Force in Great Bend, KS. Sent to Del Rio, TX to check out on B-26. Was Instructor Pilot for the B-29. Transferred to India and to Okinawa. Bailed out over hump.

Two of his brothers also served in the Air Force: Lt. Rudd V. Mann 1938-1942. Died in Air Force plane crash. Johnnie L. Mann 1943-1946 -- 8th Air Force as ball turret gunner.

 


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