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Name: John Gerald Manuel
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Photo courtesy of Mike Westrop
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 10N, 12N (RNAS)
210 (RAF)
Victories: 13
Born: 29 March 1893
Place of Birth: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Died: 10 June 1918 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death:  
Cemetery: Y Farm Military Cemetery, Bois-Grenier, Nord, France
   A civil engineer from Edmonton, Alberta, John Gerald Manuel was the son of George M. and Edith Manual. Having served in the militia—19th Alberta Dragoons—he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (No. 687203) on 27 November 1914. As Gunner with the Canadian Field Artillery in France, he was wounded on 5 October 1916. On 4 March 1917 he joined the Royal Naval Air Service as a Flight Sub-Lieutenant (on probation). Posted to 10 Naval Squadron on 12 August 1917, he was wounded again on 8 May 1918 when he fired a Very pistol and it exploded in his hand. Upon recovering he was discharged to duty on 29 May 1918. He downed 3 more enemy aircraft and increased his total to 13 on 9 June 1918 but was killed the following day in a collision with another Sopwith Camel.
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Flt. Sub-Lieut. John Gerald Manuel, R.N.A.S.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in air fights and bombing raids, particularly on the 26th September, 1917, when he attacked alone the Abeele Aerodrome, dropping his bombs from about 1,500 feet with good results. A machine gun then opened fire on him, but he dived down low and silenced it by firing fifty rounds from his machine gun.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 21 Aug 1917 1830 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5380) Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Menin
2 21 Aug 1917 1835 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5380) Albatros D.V (DES) E of Menin
3 20 Sep 1917 1115 10N Sopwith Camel (B3950) C (DES) Houthoust Forest
4 15 Nov 1917 1245 10N Sopwith Camel (B3869) Albatros D.V (DES) Keyem
5 18 Feb 1918 0950 10N Sopwith Camel (B7195) Albatros D.V (DES) S of Menin
6 19 Feb 1918 1500 10N Sopwith Camel (B7196) Albatros D.V (OOC) 10 mi NE of Roulers
7 10 Mar 1918 1600 10N Sopwith Camel (B7196) Albatros D.V (DES) SE of Dixmude
8 11 Apr 1918 1430 210 Sopwith Camel (B7195) C (DES) Fleurbaix
9 11 Apr 1918 1435 210 Sopwith Camel (B7195) Albatros C (DES) Fleurbaix
10 29 Apr 1918 1445 210 Sopwith Camel (D3366) Albatros D.V (DES) NE of Hollebeke
11 06 Jun 1918 0825 210 Sopwith Camel (D3410) C (DES) 1 Doulieu
12 09 Jun 1918 0820 210 Sopwith Camel (D3410) Pfalz D.III (OOC) NE of Ploegsteert Wood
13 09 Jun 1918 0835 210 Sopwith Camel (D3410) Pfalz D.III (DES) NE of Ploegsteert Wood

1 Shared with Lt William Jenkins
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