Harold Gardner Manning was born on 22 February 1921, the son of Walter Earl Manning and Mary Frances Gross. Husband of Nena Paris.
Died 7 April 1945
Buried at Chattanooga Memorial Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN
36st Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group
1st Lt Manning was inducted into the Army Air Corps on September 20, 1940 at Montgomery, Alabama. He served as a P-38 Lightning Fighter Pilot assigned to the 36th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, attached to the 36th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, attached to the V-interceptor Command, US far East 5th Air Force. His Squadron was stationed at San Jose, Mindoro airfield in the Philippine Islands. He died in a non-combat related aviation accident and was buried in a battlefield cemetery in the Philippine Islands. After the cessation of histilities with Japan his remains were returned to his county and family with interment in the Chattanoooga Memorial Park Cemetery, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The Chattanooga Daily Times, 4 August 1948
Funeral services for Lt. Harold Gardner Manning, 24, who was killed in action on Luzon Island April 7, 1945, will be held in the chapel of National Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors will be in Chattanooga Memorial Park.
Lt. Manning attended City High School and the University of Chattanooga. He was a member of Delta Chi Fraternity. He received primary training at Maxwell Field, Ala., and was transferred upon its completion to Jackson, Miss., for basic training. He went to Ellington Field, Houston, Tex., for advanced instruction. After a tour as instructor at Van Nuys, Calif., Lt. Manning was assigned to duty in the Philippines in December, 1944. He served as a pilot with a P-38 squadron when he was killed.
He is survived by his father, W. Earl Manning Sr., 500 Graham Street; a son, Harold Gardner Manning Jr.; one sister, Mrs. Marvin B. Harper, Daytona Beach, Fla., and a brother, W. Earl Manning Jr., Fort Worth, Tex.
- Rank: First Lieutenant
- Date of birth: 22 February 1921
- Date of death: 7 April 1945
- County: Hamilton
- Hometown: Chattanooga
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 36st Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Chattanooga Memorial Park, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Bottom Panel
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