Wm. P. (Willard) Manz

by Thomas Manz
(Rochester, NY)

Clockwise from lower left:  Roberts, Johnson, Norris, Sparks, Manz, Eldridge

Clockwise from lower left: Roberts, Johnson, Norris, Sparks, Manz, Eldridge

The air crews list has no known photos of the Sawyer crew. Although not the traditional, formal crew photo, I have some partial crew photos taken on leave at Capri. Bill Roberts' mission journal mentions a rest leave between missions on Jan. 15, 1945 and Feb. 1, 1945. The asterisk indicates a crew member in one or more photo.

Donald Sawyer Crew:

Sawyer, Donald D. Pilot
*Adams, Jack Q. Pilot/Co-pilot
*Eldridge, Jack P. Navigator
*Johnson, Robert E. Bombardier
*Sparks, John L. Engineer
*Roberts, William W. RCM
Waataja, Ernest E. Ball turret
Enyart, James W. Top turret
*Manz, Willard P. Nose turret
*Norris, Arthur J. Tail turret

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Dec 06, 2018
Sent an email
by: John Sparks

Hi Tom,

I sent you an email. My email is john@johnw2.com

Thank you,


Dec 02, 2018
John Sparks
by: Thomas Manz

Hi John,

I have another photo with your father in it. Jay, Sparks and Swede are sitting at a table in a bar, no date or location noted. Your Dad appears to have a paratroop shoulder patch on his uniform, but this is just a guess. My email is tr2manz@gmail.com and I can send you a scan of that photo.


Dec 01, 2018
Thanks for the pictures
by: John Sparks

I don't know when you posted the pictures but I really appreciate it. My father is Sparks.

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