CAPTAIN WAYNE T. MANN
US AIR FORCE
Capt. Wayne T. Mann
Capt. Wayne T. Mann, from Allen, Texas, joined the
Royal Canadian Air Force in mid-1941 (before the US entered World War II). He transferred back to the US Army Air Corps in early 1942 (after Pearl
Harbor). He served as an instructor Pilot in Dyersburg, Tennessee in B-17s. Transferred to
Luke, Arizona, as a B-24 Instructor. He was an original member of 20th Air Force,
679th squadron of the 444th Bomb Group, based in Great
Bend, Kansas where he was an Instructor Pilot for the B-29. During WWII he flew out of
India and Okinawa. Bailed out over Hump (the Himalayas between India and
China). Some of the planes he flew with their serial numbers: 42-6277
Shanghai Lil; 42-24723 Shanghai Lil Rides Again; 42-63378 Fubar.
Captain Mann, a member of the Air Force Reserve, was killed in a plane crash in New Mexico, 30 November, 1951. He is buried next to his brother, Rudd, in the Allen Cemetery.
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