MANSKE, CHARLES JEROME Name: Charles Jerome Manske Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force Unit: 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Tuy Hoa AB SV Date of Birth: 14 October 1939 Home City of Record: El Campo TX Date of Loss: 24 May 1969 Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water Loss Coordinates: 133158N 1093200E (CQ413964) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 3 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F100D Refno: 1448 Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 May 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 1998. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: The North American F100 "Super Sabre" first saw action in Southeast Asia in northwest Laos in May 1962. F100 operations in Vietnam began in 1965, and took part in Operation Flaming Dart, the first U.S. Air Force strike against North Vietnam in February of that year. Further deployments of the aircraft to the area left just five F100 squadrons in the United States. Capt. Charles J. Manske was an F100 pilot assigned to the 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Tuy Hoa, South Vietnam. On May 24, 1969, Manske was assigned a combat mission in Phu Yen Province, South Vietnam. During the mission, Manske's aircraft was hit by enemy ground fire. His aircraft crashed in the South China Sea approximately 25 miles southeast of the city of Qui Nhon. Manske was thought to have died in the incident. Charles J. Manske is listed among the missing because his remains were never found to send home to the country he served. For his family, the case seems clear that he died on that day. The fact that they have no body to bury with honor is not of great significance. For other who are missing, however, the evidence leads not to death, but to survival. Since the war ended, nearly 10,000 reports received relating to Americans still held captive in Indochina have convinced experts that hundreds of men are still alive, waiting for their country to rescue them. The notion that Americans are dying without hope in the hands of a long-ago enemy belies the idea that we left Vietnam with honor. It also signals that tens of thousands of lost lives were a frivolous waste of our best men.