A Detailed History of RAF Manston 1941-1945

Invicta—The Undefeated

Joe Bamford, John Williams, Peter Gallagher

The story of one of Britain's most distinguished RAF stations. Not as well-known as Biggin Hill, Manston was the nearest airfield to the Luftwaffe and suffered accordingly.
Date Published :
February 2017
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Language:
English
Illustration :
32 black & white photographs
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781781550960
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$29.95

Overview
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A Detailed History of RAF Manston 1941-1945 covers the station’s history during the period that the RAF was on the offensive against the Luftwaffe. Having been badly damaged during the Battle of Britain and the only airfield to have been put out of action, Manston rose from the ashes to become a base for numerous fighter units that attacked Hitler’s ‘Fortress Europe’. From 1941 onwards, Manston was used by damaged aircraft returning from operations, especially those from Bomber Command. Consequently, a large runway was built and was one of three in the country that was equipped to deal with emergencies. In 1944, 501 Squadron was formed with the Hawker Tempest to destroy enemy armor, aircraft and the feared V1; Squadron Leader Joe Berry was credited to destroying sixty-one V1s. Another first was the arrival of the Meteor jet fighter in August 1944. After the war, Manston became a base for a number of civil airlines, but continued in its role as a major diversion airfield and an emergency landing ground.

About The Author
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Joe Bamford joined the RAF as an assistant air traffic controller and served at Manston and Cyprus; he later set up ‘The Salford Lancaster Memorial Appeal’. John Williams joined the Army and served for nine years with the Royal Ordinance Corps. Williams has been involved with a number of local history organisations, including the Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Building at Manston. Peter Gallagher worked for British Telecom and was called up for National Service where he joined the Royal Signals Regiment in Germany.

John Williams joined the Army and served for nine years with the Royal Ordinance Corps. Williams has been involved with a number of local history organisations, including the Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Building at Manston.

Peter Gallagher worked for British Telecom and was called up for National Service where he joined the Royal Signals Regiment in Germany.

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