Major Edward Corringham “Mick” Mannock V.C. – British Ace 1887 / 1918
Mannock was born in 1887 to an English Father, Edward Mannock and an Irish Mother. His Father served in the British Army and Mannock spent much of his earlier life in India. Mannock was a sickly child and developed many ailments in his formative years.
Upon his return to England, he became a fervent supporter of Irish Nationalism and The Irish Home Rule Movement, but later became a member of the Independent Labour Party where he satisfied his interest in politics.
In 1914, Mannock was working as a telephone engineer in Turkey. After the Ottoman Empires entry in to the war on the side of the Central Powers, he was interned. As a prisoner he was badly treated and soon fell ill. The Turkish Authorities repatriated him to Britain believing him to be unfit for war service.
Mannock recovered and joined the Royal Engineers then transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps. He moved services again and in 1916 joined the Royal Flying Corps. After completing his training he was assigned to No.40 Squadron R.F.C. Mannock went into combat on the Western Front participating in three separate combat tours. After a slow start he began to prove himself as an exceptional pilot, scoring his first victory on the 7th of May 1917.
His total had risen to 15 by the end of September for which he was awarded the Military Cross with Bar and promoted to Flight Commander. The squadron then converted from Nieuport’s to S.E.5’s in which he claimed one further victory during January 1918. He was then returned to Home Establishment.
To Be Continued ……………..
(C) Damian Grange 2018