Christ Diamandis Manners

media-33923.png UPL 33923 2LT Christ D. Manners
Crew #769/487
Richard J. Farrington Crew

One of two survivors after his B-24 was shot down on 21 April 1945

Dimitris Vassilopoulos - Greeks in foreign cockpits

Object Number - UPL 33923 - 2LT Christ D. Manners Bombardier Crew #769/487 Richard J. Farrington Crew One of two survivors after his B-24 was shot down on 21 April 1945

Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Regensburg on 21 Apr 45 in B-24 'Black Cat' #4295592


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Three little girls hold up a balloon celebrating the 100th mission of the 466th Bomb Group in front of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95592) nicknamed "Black Cat". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'On our 100 Mission party Day- 18 Aug 1944, Attlebridge, 466th- wouldn't it be something if we could identify these girls? How could I do it?'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 784th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-713376
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Black Cat
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 784th Bomb Squadron


Aerial photograph of Attlebridge airfield, looking north, the fuel store and a T2 hangar are in the upper centre, 31 January 1946. Photograph taken by No. 90 Squadron, sortie number RAF/3G/TUD/UK/51. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Attlebridge Arsenal, Station 120
  • Site type: Aircraft crash site
  • Known as: Black Cat Memorial


Event Location Date Description


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA 14 October 1921


466th BG Combat Tour

RAF Attlebridge 6 November 1944 - 21 April 1945 One of only two members of the Farrington Crew, the last 8th AF B-24 crew shot down during the war, to survive.


Bethel Park, PA 20 January 1963 Acute Coronary Occlusion


Pleasant Hills, PA 23 January 1963 Jefferson Memorial Park Pleasant Hills, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA


Shot Down

near Obertraubling, Germany 21 April 1945 "Our plane was hit by flak over Regensburg...and within 10 seconds the plane was on fire and starting to spin. The left wing had been torn off by the shell. All intercom communications failed and I was unable to determine the disposition of my fellow crew members. Due to the fact that I was sitting on the floor with my legs extended into the wheel well, I was able to drag myself out. After escaping the ship I dropped several thousand feet in a free fall. I opened my chute at about 10,000 feet. I saw the wings and rudders of the ship floating down to earth. I saw the wreckage burning on the ground about 3 miles from my position. - Christ Manners from the book "Wings of Morning" by Thomas Childers
Pittsburgh, PA, USA 239 Atwood Street



466th BG Historian


Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 14182 / MAVR 14182 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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