Although wounded in the wrist and stomach by ground fire, Mawle made it back, but during a ground strafing
sortie later in the day Manzer failed to return.
The whole of Wales has been designated as a flying area for the exercise, while so-called "managed danger area" ranges at Castle martin and Manorbier in Pembrokeshire and Pembrey near Llanelli will be used for ground strafing
, bombing and missile practiceusing live ammunition.
Designed as a high-altitude interceptor, the sleek P-38 evolved into a versatile aircraft that was also used for dive bombing, level bombing, ground strafing
and photo-reconnaissance missions.