Category: On this day

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Manston’s role in Operation Market Garden, 17th September 1944

A slowing advance and a plan By September 1944, Paris and Brussels had been liberated through weeks of heavy and costly fighting through the Normandy fields and hedgerows, after the triumph of the D-Day landings in June....

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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 visit. He saw an airfield barely serviceable, still with craters everywhere and markers denoting unexploded...

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Heavy Luftwaffe raids on Manston and Ramsgate on 24th August 1940 leave the airfield unserviceable

Six heavy attacks, the first at 0600hrs (TBC) when approximately 80 aircraft crossed the coast to Thanet, left Manston unserviceable after the heavy raid at 1520hrs, despite its many tunnels and underground shelters the RAF...