From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Manby, Jr. '43

Date of birth: November 14, 1920

Date of death: August 1, 1955

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


William was lost on August 1, 1955 when the F7U-3 Cutlass (BuNo 129673) he was piloting crashed near Chattanooga, Texas. (Location from November 1955 issue of Shipmate.) He had only recently assumed duties as the commanding officer of Attack Squadron (VA) 66, in June. In July the squadron was re-designated from Fighter Squadron (VF) 81.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He was survived by his wife Peggy, son, William, and daughter Susan.


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From US Naval Aviation History:

27 JANUARY [1955] • Lt. Cmdr. William J. Manby Jr. of VF-33 set an unofficial time-to-climb mark by reaching 10,000 feet from a standing start in 73.2 seconds in an FJ-3 Fury at NAS Oceana, Va.

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Wilfred McNeil, Jr. ’43 was also lost while serving as commanding officer of Attack Squadron (VA) 66.

Class of 1943

William is one of 83 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.