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Manning Lee Lawrence

Military

Manning Lee Lawrence born 03 July 1921, Burbank CA. Earned his wings as a bombardier in class 42-17 in Victorville AAF 12 December 1942 (photograph from the Class book).
He was assigned to 365th Bomb Squadron as part of the Olmstead crew, arriving on 02 June 1943. (This crew was to become the Kane (co-pilot) crew when Olmstead was shot down and POW on his first mission to Bremen with the Higgs crew on 13 June 1943).
From information shared by the FB Group members, it appears Lawrence flew 22 missions from 25 June 1943 with the Kane crew (although Kane not first pilot until 29 July 1943).
On the well documented incident on the mission to Keil 29 July 1943, Lawrence is credited with shooting down an enemy aircraft in defence of his ship which Kane, in his diary, describes as a FW190 which “…our bombardier shot him (out) of the sky.”
Lawrence’s 23rd mission was Second Schweinfurt and he was assigned to the Bullock crew as Bombardier since Kane was now a lead crew pilot and took the Group bombardier.

Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-37740. Prisoner of War (POW).

POW

Lawrence was discharged as a Captain on 26th January 1946. He was married to Beverly Snider (Red Cross staff assistant) in March 1946.

He died on 19 December 1964 and is buried in the Golden Gate National Cemetery.

Service

People

  • Edgar Burford

    Military | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Harold Cornell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Born 06 Oct 1920 in Mendocino County, California. Enlisted Stockton, California 06 Apr 1942. ...

  • Harris Cornell

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Pilot of B-17G #42-31544 Damaged by flak and fighters on a mission to Frankfurt, GR on 24 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31544 left formation after the target and crashed NNW of Ghent, Belgium after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Harold Coyne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-37740, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Crane

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30804, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jack Edwards

    Military | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • L Fecteau

    Military | Radio Operator

  • Gene Foster

    Military | Sergeant | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed/ died on this date DFC, PH

  • Harold Jackson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-37740. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Kane

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Flew 25 Combat Missions out of England. One of two to return from Schweinfurt 14 October 1943. At times flew Group, Squadron and Wing Lead. Was in the Air Force for 10 yrs and 30 yrs as an airline pilot. Discharged from Travis AFB, 1950. ...

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Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 365th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24564 PATCHES

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-W] Presque Is 19/10/42; Grafton Underwood 25/10/42; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Doug Mutschler, Co-pilot: Ed Carter, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carlton Boberg (3 Killed in Action), Navigator: Bill Bagwell...

  • 42-29557 Yankee Gal

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/1/43; Salina 12/1/43; Homestead 1/2/43; Morrison 9/2/43; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-O] Chelveston 10/2/43; transferred 547BS/384BG [SO-S] Grafton Underwood 20/9/43; battle damaged Munster 10/10/43, with Bill Kopf, Co-pilot: Alf Scott,...

  • 42-29688 Kayo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 3/2/43; Salina 10/2/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-X] Chelveston 17/3/43; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-X] Grafton Underwood 26/8/43; then 547BS [SO-S]; 2 Base Air Depot, Lt Staughton 4/4/44; Returned to the USA Brookley 11/8/44; Homestead...

  • 42-29690 Old Faithful

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/2/43; Pueblo 19/2/43; Salina 27/2/43; Syracuse 15/4/43; Dow Fd 18/4/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-S] Earls Colne 12/5/43; transferred 366BS/305BG [KY-L] Chelveston 14/7/43; severe battle damaged Warnemunde 29/7/43 with crew? (P)...

  • 42-29870 Big Moose

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28/2/43; Casper 13/3/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Presque Is 30/4/43; Dow Fd 1/5/43; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 2/5/43; transferred 365BS/305BG [XK-T/H] Chelveston 23/6/43; 545BS/384BG [JD-U] Grafton Underwood 29/9/43; Missing in Action...

  • 42-30375 Yo-Yo --- Miss Donna Mae

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/5/43; Gore 25/5/43; Kearney 5/6/43; Dalhart 27/6/43; Gr Isle 26/7/43; with Gordon Crozier force landed Geiger 29/7/43; Patterson 8/8/43; Gr Isle 11/8/43; Presque Is 16/8/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-B] Chelveston 3/9/43;...

  • 42-30645

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/7/43; Kearney 24/7/43; Dow Fd 28/7/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-E] Chelveston 22/8/43; Missing in Action Bremen 26/11/43 with Bob Jackman, Co-pilot: Henry Thayer, Navigator: Jesse Seeley, Bombardier: Bob Tank, Radio Operator:...

  • 42-3549

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28/7/43; Grand Island 9/8/43; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-H] Chelveston 1/10/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Chas Willis, Co-pilot: John Emperor, Waist gunner: Ed Sedingerchute caught fire,Tail gunner: Nick Stanchak (4...

  • 42-37740

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/8/43; Assigned 365BS/305 BG [XK-E] Chelveston 15/9/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Ray Bullock, Co-pilot: Homer Hocker, Navigator: Manning Lawrence, togg-Walt Kaeli, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carl Brunswick,...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 67

    25 June 1943
    This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 68

    26 June 1943
    The targets for today are all Luftwaffe installations: the Villacoublay air depot SW of Paris, France is the primary; the airfield at Poissy, France is attacked as the secondary because of cloud cover; the airfield at Tricqueville, France; and the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 69

    28 June 1943
    The primary specific target for this mission are the lock gates at St. Nazaire, France to be attacked by two separate formations and also another force is despatched to bomb the German airfield at Beaumon Le Roger, France. A formation of 120 B-17s of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 71

    4 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Le Mans and Nantes, France and the lock gates and harbour facilities at La Pallice, France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is comprised of three elements: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 72

    10 July 1943
    German airfields at Caen, Abbeville, and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. 112 B-17s form a combined force from 91BG; 92BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG and 381BG to bomb the German airfield (Carpiquet) at Caen, France. Cloud...

  • VIII Bomber Command 74

    17 July 1943
    The railroad industry at Hannover, Germany and the aircraft industry at Hamburg, Germany were the intended targets for this mission but weather caused the mission to be cancelled. The element sent to Hannover was a combined force of 207 B-17s from:...

  • VIII Bomber Command 75

    24 July 1943
    Three targets in Norway are the primary targets for this first mission flown by 8th AIr Force to Norway. They are the nitrate works at Heroya and the port areas at Trondheim and Bergen. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (22)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 77

    26 July 1943
    The German rubber industry at Hannover, Germany and the U-Boat shipyards at Hamburg, Germany are the primary focus of this mission. In addition, a German ship convoy and targets of opportunity at Wilhelmshaven and Wesermunde are bombed. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 79

    29 July 1943
    The primary targets for this mission are the port facilities at Kiel, Germany and the Heinkel aircraft factories at Warnemunde, Germany. A combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (14 these included 1 Y-B40 gunship); 305BG (19); 306BG (18);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 108

    4 October 1943
    This mission is composed of five elements. The first element is a combined force of 104 B-17s from: 306BG (16); 92BG (17); 395BG (17); 303BG (19); 379BG (18) and 384BG (17) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. 77 aircraft are...

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Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 14 October 1943

Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2021 19:21:49 Moi Watson Changes to media associations
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Added UPL38300 image; 305th Bomb Group Keil Mission 29 Jul 1943

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2021 19:06:32 Moi Watson Changes to biography
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Moi Watson research

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29 March 2021 19:05:13 Moi Watson Changes to role
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Bombardier class book 42-17 Victorville AAF

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28 March 2021 12:27:33 Moi Watson Changes to media associations
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Oakland Tribune 28 Feb 1944

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28 March 2021 12:16:21 Moi Watson Changes to media associations
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Research Moi Watson

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28 March 2021 12:15:17 Moi Watson Changes to media associations
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Moi Watson research

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2021 12:06:59 Moi Watson Changes to biography
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Army records and contemporary newspaper reports

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28 March 2021 12:00:46 Moi Watson Changes to highest rank
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Veterans Grave record

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28 March 2021 11:59:01 Moi Watson Changes to middlename and awards
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Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California) 08 Feb 44

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2021 22:29:31 jmoore43 Changes to place associations
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Added a connection to Stalag 7A per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2020 21:27:59 jmoore43 Changes to service number and events
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Added S/N and POW camp information from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2020 21:25:57 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2019 04:01:48 CHARLIE B Changes to mission associations
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AAF Archives

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:33 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 920 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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