A Detailed History of RAF Manston 1945-1999

Joe Bamford

After the War, Manston became a Transport Command staging post. Between 1950 and 1958, Manston was under the control of the USAAF. The 60s were dominated by aircraft using the Foam Landing system which became operational in 1964. Until it closed in 1999 RAF Manston remained an important front-line station with a long history going back to 1916.
Date Published :
October 2020
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Contributor(s) :
John Williams, Peter Gallagher
Illustration :
61 black and white
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781781557648

Dimensions : 9.21 X 6.14 inches
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Overview
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Having been classified by the Air Ministry as a ‘Master Diversion’ airfield, RAF Manston was for many years open twenty-four hours a day and available to both civil and military aircraft 365 days a year. It was also later equipped with the Pyrene foam system, which both civil and military aircraft could use when they had problems with their undercarriage: there is no doubt that the foam carpet saved many lives. The most spectacular occasion that it was used was on 20 April 1967 when a British Eagle Britannia made a complete wheels-up landing. It is claimed that Manston was the only station to serve in every command of the RAF and until its closure in 1999; it probably dealt with more diverse types of aircraft than any other station. During its eighty-three years as a Royal Naval/RAF airfield, it played host to the Sopwith Camel, Spitfire, Bf 109, He 111, B-29, B-47, Tu-104, F-84 and Concorde, plus many other types that are too numerous to mention.

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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Foreword; Mighty Manston; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 The Czech Invasion; 2 567 Squadron; 3 High-Speed Flight; 4 A New Role for Manston; 5 The First Civil Traffic; 6 Transport Command; 7 A Mixed Bag; 8 Czech Mates; 9 Disaster at Manston; 10 The Station is Honoured; 11 Battle of Britain Day; 12 The American Years; 13 The Manston Spitfire; 14 The RAF Return; 15 New Units, New Faces; 16 Manston on the Big Screen; 17 Helicopters Galore; 18 White Foam and White Horses; 19 A Troubled Year; 20 G-ANCG; 21 A Personal Experience; 22 Rebuilding a Gate Guardian; 23 An Uncertain Future; 24 Countdown to Closure; 25 The Final Days; Bibliography.

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