Battle of Britain London Monument – P/O H J Mann

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Harold John Mann joined the RAF on a short service commission and began his initial training on 6th March 1939. He did his elementary flying training at No. 1 E&RFTS Hatfield.

Mann moved to 10 FTS Ternhill for No. 12 Course, which ran from 10th July to 9th December 1939. With the course completed he joined 236 Squadron at Martlesham Heath on 16th December.



Mann was posted to 222 Squadron at Duxford on 9th February 1940 and he may have served briefly with 253 Squadron at Kenley in early May.

Mann joined No. 1 Squadron in France on 10th May 1940 and was serving with it at Tangmere in early July 1940. On the 11th he shared in the destruction of a Me110 of 9/ZG76 with F/O DC MacCaw and Sgt. C Parkinson of 238 Squadron, also based at Tangmere.

The enemy aircraft made a forced-landing at Grange Heath, near Lulworth. Mann claimed a Me109 destroyed over Martlesham Heath on 15th August and two Me110’s damaged on the 30th.

He was posted to 96 Squadron when it was formed at Cranage on 18th December 1940 from 422 Flight for the night defence of Liverpool.

His subsequent service is currently undocumented until he was released from the RAF in 1950 as a Flight Lieutenant.


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