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Joseph W. Manske Collection

Identifier: D062-97

Scope and Content

This collection contains documents, articles photograph albums and scrapbooks. The Joseph W. Manske Collection is housed in one record center box, totalling 1.0 linear ft.

The collection arrived in fine condition and was arranged by the archivist into two series, with the first series being the Documents Series, which is made up of documents collected by Joseph Manske, including a letter to Joseph Manske’s wife from General Doolittle, articles about the Doolittle Raid, and information about Doolittle Raid Artwork.

The second series is the Photograph Albums/Scrapbooks Series, which contains personal photograph albums and scrapbooks collected by Joseph W. Manske. Topics included are the Doolittle Raid, Manske’s service in Italy and North Africa, and Manske’s Army Air Forces Training in the United States.


  • 1939 - 1990
  • Majority of material found within 1940 - 1982


Language of Materials

Collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish material from this collection in any form, current or future, must be obtained from the Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Biographical Sketch

Joseph W. Manske was born April 13, 1921 in Gowanda, New York. He graduated Gowanda High School and joined the Army Air Corps in 1939. He completed aircraft mechanics training at Canute Field. Manske was an engineer-gunner with crew number five, the fifth bomber to take off on the Raid. After hitting their targets in Japan, the crew, including Manske, bailed out over China and were recovered by friendly forces.

After the raid, Manske attended Officer Candidate School, and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in December of 1942. He was sent to the Mediterranean Theater where he served in Africa, and then Italy as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer from October 1943 to August 1945. Manske was relieved from active duty in 1946, but was recalled to active duty in 1957 as Special Assistant for National Guard Affairs.

Manske’s decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Chinese, Army, Navy, and Air Corps Medal, Class A, 1st Grade. Manske passed away in Gowanda, New York on April 4, 1998.


Glines, C.V. 1964. "Doolittle’s Tokyo Raiders." Princeton, NJ: D. Van Nostrand Company, Inc.
"Doolittle Raider Tokyo Raiders Association Papers", Folder 13, Box 1, Series II, History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.


1.0 Linear Feet ((One record center box).)


Contains documents and photographs relating to Joseph E. Manske career as a military aviator in World War II. It includes photographs of Manske in North Africa, Italy, and Europe, as well as in training.

Series Description

The Joseph W. Manske Collection is arranged into two series:

Series I. Documents 0.5 linear ft. (one half record center box), 1942-1990.

Series II. Photograph Albums/Scrapbooks 0.5 linear ft. (one half record center box), 1939–1945.

Provenance Statement

The Joseph W. Manske Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Manske in multiple accession from 1997 through 2000.

Additional Sources

Additional information about this topic can be found in the History of Aviation Archives in the following Collections: Doolittle Archives

Image ID

It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission from copyright holders of materials to which this institution does not own copyright.

Images in this collection are identified by a unique number that provides information about the format, record group, collection, series, box, folder, and image numbers. Please use this number when ordering reproductions of images from this collection.

Record Group Code

1 = CAT/Air American Archives

2 = Doolittle Archives

3 = Lighter than Air Archives

4 = George H. Williams, Jr., World War I Aviation Library

5 = History of Aviation Archives

6 = University Archives

7 = HAC Stacks

8 = WPRL Stacks

9 = Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Collection

10 = Belsterling Collection

11 = Closed Stacks

12 = Unidentified

13 = Chance Vought Archives

14 = Twirly Birds Archives

Image Format Code

P = Photograph/Postcard

S = Slide

N = Negative

T = Positive Transparency

B = Black and White

C = Color

Example: 2JWM-1-1-PC1

2 = Doolittle Archives

JWM = Joseph W. Manske Collection

= Series Number

1 = Box Number

1 = Folder Number

P = Photograph/Postcard

C = Color

1 = Image Number

Images archived in plastic image holders may also have a location code in the format: 1/TL. In this example, the number is the sheet number and the letters indicate the top left position on the sheet. Position indicators are T = top, L = left, R = right, M = middle, and B = bottom. Position indicators may be combined to describe the position on the sheet, as shown in this example.

Guide to the Joseph W. Manske Collection, 1939-1990
Thomas J. Allen
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Madeline Hoff. 2018-06-13. Second revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2020-12-16.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-06-13: 1st revision was a migration to ArchivesSpace by Madeline Hoff.
  • 2020-12-16: 2nd revision was an update of the subject terms by Patrizia Nava, CA.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Division, History of Aviation Archives. Repository

3020 Waterview Pkwy
Suite 11.206
Richardson Texas 75080 US