Manske, Joseph William, Col

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Last Rank
Primary Unit
1948-1957, New York Air National Guard
Service Years
1939 - 1973
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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Gowanda, New York
Last Address
San Antonio, Texas

Date of Passing
Apr 04, 1998
Location of Interment
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
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 Official Badges 

Headquarters Air Force Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Gold Medal

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the flight engineer/gunner in crew #5 on the Doolittle Raid. After the raid he flew a few more missions in the CBI Theater, then got commissioned, and later was an aircraft maintenance officer in the Mediterranean Theater. He later served in the USAF until retiring as a colonel in 1973.  

His DFC citation:

Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Corporal Joseph W. Manske (ASN: 6914440), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Engineer/Gunner of a B-25 Bomber of the 1st Special Aviation Project (Doolittle Raider Force), while participating in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland on 18 April 1942. Corporal Manske with 79 other officers and enlisted men volunteered for this mission knowing full well that the chances of survival were extremely remote, and executed his part in it with great skill and daring. This achievement reflects high credit on himself and the military service.

Action Date: April 18, 1942

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Corporal

Company: 1st Special Aviation Project

Division: Doolittle Tokyo Raider Force
Crew #5 (Plane #40-2283, target Tokyo): 95th Bomb. Sq. L-R: Lt. Eugene F. McGurl, navigator; Capt. David M. Jones, pilot; Lt. Denver V. Truelove, bombardier; Lt. Ross R. Wilder, copilot; Sgt. Joseph W. Manske, flight engineer/gunner. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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Aircrew Enlisted (Basic)

 National Guard Awards

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
95th Bombardment Squadron, Medium17th Bombardment Group, MediumDoolittle Raiders (composite group)Officer Candidate School (OCS)
311th Bombardment Squadron445th Bombardment Squadron, Medium321st Bombardment Group, MediumAir Force Reserve Command
New York Air National Guard
  1940-1942, AAF MOS 737, 95th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1940-1942, AAF MOS 737, 17th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 737, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
  1942-1942, Officer Candidate School (OCS)
  1943-1943, 311th Bombardment Squadron
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 4823, 445th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 4823, 321st Bombardment Group, Medium
  1946-1948, Air Force Reserve Command
  1948-1957, New York Air National Guard
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rome-Arno Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Southern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/North Apennines Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Po Valley Campaign (1945)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-25 Mitchell  A-36 Apache  
  1941-1945, B-25 Mitchell
  1942-1943, A-36 Apache
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