Aircraft Posts

Prime Minister, Winston Churchill visits Manston on 28th August 1940

On this day, 28th August 1940 Manston’s importance was recognised when the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, paid it a personal ...
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Gotha raid of 22nd August 1917 – Part of the first “Battle of Britain”

During the First World War, the earlier raids by Zeppelin airships had brought the war to the civilian population on ...
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The second large attack on Manston during the Battle of Britain, 14th August 1940

At 1140hrs, a large formation of enemy aircraft was detected forming up over Calais by Dover and Pevensey radar. Four ...
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Jet engine development, the Gloster Meteor and the V1 threat

RAF Manston yet again played its part in history when the jet engine age was born. In July 1944, the ...
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US Author John Steinbeck visits No.609 Sqn, writes article on William de Goat, 29th June 1943

No.609 Sqn ORB: This morning’s Roadstead consists of aircraft of all 3 Sqdns: 609, 3 and 184. Taking off at ...
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Manston’s role on D-Day, 6th June 1944

On this day, 6th June 1944, known as D-Day, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of ...
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USAF F-86D from Manston ordered to fire on UFO – May 20th 1957

Secret files are released In October 2008, a number of previously secret UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) files concerning UFO ...
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Dambuster Bouncing Bomb Tests at Reculver and Manston

The Targets As early as 1937, the Air Ministry had drawn up a list of potential targets to attack in ...
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“Typhoon Attack” by Robert Taylor

This classic piece by Robert Taylor contains all that a true Typhoon enthusiast could ask for! The scenario was inspired ...
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No.600 Sqn Bristol Blenheim I crashes at Manston – 11th March 1940

No.600 Sqn's Blenheim L6682 piloted by F/O Anthony Henry Hamilton Tollemache took off from Manston for a searchlight co-operation exercise ...
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Spitfire F37/34 Prototype, K5054, ground view. © IWM (MH 5212)

Spitfire Prototype K5054 maiden flight from Eastleigh airfield – 5th March 1936

Not directly related to Manston at the time, but the birth of another aircraft closely linked to Manston's later history ...
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Crew of Lancaster NF988 or ME428

No.550 Sqn Avro Lancaster NF998 BQ-D Crash Landing – 24th February 1945

No.550 Sqn Lancaster I NF998 BQ-D crewed by Sgt. M.T. Ditson RCAF (mid gunner), F/O R.D. Harris RCAF (pilot), Sgt ...
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Avro Anson K6158

Avro Anson K6158 crashes near Ewell Minnis – 22nd February 1937

No.48 Sqn's Avro Anson K6158 flown by Sgt Plt G.J. Maurice (pilot, aged 23), Flt Lt G.E. Strangman (navigator), Aircraftman ...
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The Valentine’s Day ‘Battle of the MTB’ – 14th February 1943

In the channel a Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB) had been disabled near the French coast between Dover and Cap Griz-Nez ...
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Channel Dash – The Bravest of the Brave

12th February 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the Channel Dash in 1942. Three of Germany's largest battleships were to ...
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F/Lt Baron Jean de Selys Longchamps’ Attack on Gestapo HQ and a hectic day for No.609 Sqn – January 20 1943

Baron Jean Michel P.M.G. de Sélys-Longchamps was born 31 May, 1912 in Brussels as the son of Baron Raymond Charles ...
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Loss of F/O Henry “Harry” Hector MacKenzie (RCAF) – 3rd January 1944

No.198 Sqn Typhoon JR523 piloted by F/O Henry “Harry” Hector MacKenzie (RCAF) took off from Manston at 1143hrs as "Blue ...
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A New Year’s Day present to the Germans of a Handley Page O/100 – 1st January 1917

A Handley Page O/100, #1463 flown by Flt Lt Henry Connell Vereker accompanied by HP 1462 of Sub Lt Sands ...
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An unexpected passenger in a Handley Page O/100 on 4th November 1916

Published with permission from 'Bloody Paralyser - The Giant Handley Page Bombers of the First World War' by Rob Langham (Fonthill ...
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Hawker Typhoon RB396 Restoration Project Launch

It was a very interesting afternoon yesterday (29th Oct 2016) at the Hawker Typhoon RB396 Restoration project launch, held at ...
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Restoration of Typhoon RB396 has links back to Manston

After following the Hawker Typhoon RB396 Restoration page for a little while, we were very interested to find the link ...
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