Place where 42-3436 crashed on October 14, 1943 - 13.45 h local time.
Tail part in The Netherlands
Nose part in Germany
Missing - nose
- Donald Paul Breeden/co-pilot
Probably interred with Martin and/or Manley
Source: George Kuhl - Wrong Place! Wrong Time! - page 149
KIA - nose
- William James Martin/navigator
- Harvey Arlie Manley/bombardier
KIA - tail
- Leonard Roy Henlin/left waist gunner
- Robert G Wells /right waist gunner
All others POW
- Hosea Crawford
- Dominic Lepore
- Arthur Linrud
- Benjamin Roberts
- Dennis McDarby
Grave of Harvey Arlie Manley - US Cemetery Margraten - grave F/20/17.
He was first buried at the Forrest Cemetery, Merkstein-Germany on October 18th 1943 in grave 513.
Plan of Finkenrath showing the orchard where Mr. Heinz Michels watched the crash and
the place of the crash he and Klara Wauters mention in a book about Finkenrath.
A view of the memorial stone and plaque at the day of the unveiling on 13-10-2018.
Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3436. Killed in Action (KIA).
Buried at Netherlands American Cemetery Plot F Row 20 Grave 17
Born September 29, 1920 in Blackwell - Clay County - Oklahoma. His parents Mr. John and Mrs. Bertha Manley in 1943 lived in Alamo - Hidalgo County, Texas.
From The Brownville Herald of November 24 1943: Second Lt Harvey A. Manley has been missing in action since October 14 the day of the great daylight raid on Schweinfurt.
Lt Manley graduated from Donna High School and was attending Kingsville A&I college when he joined the air forces on February 26 1942 in Randolph Field. He was commissioned as a bombardier at Midland and then completed a navigation and radio course before going overseas in September of this year (1943).
After Harvey's death his parents moved back to Ponca City - Kat County Oklahoma. To the ranch Harvey should have taken over after the war ended.
Thanks to Cynthia M. Kennedy PhD, Librarian at the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society. Photo from Fields of Honor.
Units served with
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B-17 Flying Fortress
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||Blackwell, Oklahoma 74631, Verenigde Staten
|Killed in Action (KIA)
||14 October 1943