Victor Ernest "Vic" McMann


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438 Squadron photo
Pilots of 438 Sqn. while still on Hurricanes. In front are Norm Dawber, Roy Burden & Bill Whitmore (only sergeant pilot on 438 at this time, KIA). In the next row are Harry Upham, Bob Coffey (killed in road accident), Vic McMann (POW), Bill Hope (KIFA), Ted Bugg (KIA), George Edington (POW), Jack Beirnes (KIFA), Pete Wilson (KIA), Bob McKenzie (KIA), & Lou Park (KIA). On the wing are Jack Cornelison (KIA), Don Banting, Buck Newsome (KIA) & Ross Reid. The four behind are Ross Johnson (killed in shelling on the ground), Art Brooker, Ron Getty (shot down in Normandy, evaded) & Jack Hilton. (Benson Col.) Photo & text from "Typhoon & Tempest - The Canadian Story" by Hugh Halliday


From Vancouver.
Joined the RCAF (J13598) in 1941 in Winnipeg.
Trained on Cessna Crane's & Ventura's.
Winged in August of 1942.
Further trained in Quebec on Hurricanes.
To 118 Squadron, Annette Island, Alaska.
To 438 Squadron, April 1944.
Engaged in Close Air Support from D-Day through France, Belgium, Holland & Germany.
On his 63rd Op, 18 Oct. 1944, out of Eindhoven engine failure in Typhoon MN555 necessitated a forced landing behind enemy lines.
He was immediately picked up & made a POW.
Sent to Stalag Luft III.
Liberated by Russians at Luckenwalde, 22 April 1945.


Vic McMann
Vic McMann inside the cockpit of a 438 Squadron Typhoon


McMann, Hutchinson & Wilson
Vic, F/O W.S. Hutchinson (Toronto) & F/L P. Wilson (N. Vancouver)

Air Force Casualties

Ottawa, 3 Dec. 1944 - The Department of National Defense for Air today issued Casualty List No. 1056 of the Royal Canadian Air Force, showing next of kin of those named from Ontario as follows;

Missing After Air Operations

McMANN, Victor Ernest, F/O, Vancouver




Thanks to Vic jr. for the photos & infos !

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