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A World War II Memory - Frank McManes, Typhoon Pilot

 Frank McManes and his wife Shirley were charter members of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan. He, like many other young men of the prairies, joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in World War II. He began life as a farm kid in the Great Depression. Frank’s family farm was located at Alexander Manitoba, 20 miles west of Brandon. He was 21 years old when joined up and completed his training in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, graduating as an instructor. He eventually made it overseas where he flew as a Typhoon pilot. He retired from the RCAF at the end of the war as a Flight Lieutenant with a Distinguished Flying Cross. After he returned to Canada, he took up farming at his home and became an instructor at the Brandon Flying Club for many years. Frank’s oral history is a two part video available on YouTube at:

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Frank passed away in 2007 at the age of 87 years.