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174377   Flying Officer William Church Mann
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 17/07/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (British Air Force)
Died: 23/11/1944 (Died on Active Sevice)
Age: 22
William Church Mann was the son of John K and Nellie Mann of Hillhead, Castledawson. He was born about 1922. William attended the Rainey School. After training as a pilot in America, Flying Officer (Pilot) Mann served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Force in World War Two. On 23rd November 1944, it seems that Flying Officer (Pilot) Mann was on board Expeditor II (Serial No HB250), which flew into high ground near Naples during a ferry flight in low cloud. All on board were killed.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Naples War Cemetery
  Miano, Naples, 17
Grave Ref: Grave IV-B-16
CWGC Casualty 2239788
The War Cemetery lies in the locality of Miano at Via Vincenzo Ianfolla, off the Corso Secondigliano, in the Commune and Province of Naples. Take the autostrada A1, the Rome to Naples road. After the last toll booth, carry on following the signs for the airport. Pass the end of the airport approach road and turn right at the next T junction, following the main road for about 4 kilometres. Cemetery address: Via Vincenzo Janfolla - 80145 Milano (NA) Campania
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Castledawson Memorial - World War 2 Panel Castledawson
2 Castledawson Memorial Hall - WW2 Plaque Castledawson
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

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1 They Didn't Come Home - Castledawson - WWII 111
2 Rainey Endowed Roll of Honour WW2 02
References and Links
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1 Castledawson War Dead Details of William Church Mann including photo
2 RAF Commands Brief details of William Church Mann
3 RAF Commands Forum Details of crash
4 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of William Church Mann's grave can be purchased here
5 WW2 Northern Ireland Details and grave photo
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023