Jackie Mann Biography

Spitfire Pilot World War Two

Jackie Mann was a Royal Air Force (RAF) Squadron Leader Pilot flying Spitfires during the Second World War. He fought in the Battle of Britain.

He sustained serious burns when his Spitfire was shot down.

Beirut Hostage

Jackie Mann and his wife Sunnie moved to Lebanon in 1946 and lived there for over 40 years until Jackie was kidnapped on the 13th May 1989 by the pro-Iranian Shi'ite Muslim militants Hezbollah party Armed Struggle Cells in the capital Beirut in 1989 after a visit to his bank.

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Jackie had worked for Middle East Airlines and then ran the Pickwick pub when he retired whilst his wife, Sunnie, ran a horse riding school.

The group had demanded the release of Palestinian prisoners it claimed were being held in Britain who were accused of killing Palestinian cartoonist Naji al-Ali in 1987. No-one linked to the murder was being held by UK authorities.

Jackie Mann Released

Jackie Mann was released on September 24th 1991. He had spent time with other UK and Irish hostages journalist John McCarthy, church envoy Terry Waite and author Brian Keenan.

His health suffered greatly during captivity and he never really recovered. He had been kept for prolonged periods of solitary confinement, sometimes in chains. He had lost over 18 kilograms and suffered from heart and lung problems.

Sunnie Mann

Mrs Mann and Jackie settled in Greek Southern Cyprus in the capital Nicosia after his release.

Books By Jackie And Sunnie Mann

Jackie and Sunnie Mann wrote a book in 1992 called Yours Till The End: Harrowing Life of a Beirut Hostage. Sunnie also wrote Holding On in 1991. Buy these books at discounted prices with free delivery available.

Sunnie Mann died in November 1992 from lung cancer.

Jackie Mann died on the 12th November 1995. He was 81 years old.

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