A Detailed History of RAF Manston: 1931-1940 Arise to Protect

Author(s): Joe BamfordJohn Williams 

ISBN: 9781781550953
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The second volume of this superb three-volume series detailing the history of Britain's most distinguished RAF station.

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Throughout the 1930s, RAF Manston became established as one of the most important airfields in the country. No. 48 Squadron arrived at Manston in December 1935 and was equipped with the Avro Anson, the RAF’s first monoplane with a retractable undercarriage. From No. 48 Squadron was formed the School of Air Navigation, Nos 206 and 234 Squadrons, and along with the School of Technical Training, Manston was at the forefront of technology and training.

On the outbreak of war in 1939, No. 3 Squadron was the first fighter squadron to arrive at Manston and others would soon follow. No. 600 Squadron operated from Manston and on one occasion it lost five Blenheims out of six that had been dispatched to attack Rotterdam. Such was the intensity of the attacks by the Luftwaffe, Manston was put out of action and authorities prepared for the German invasion. Tunnels and trenches were dug and the airfield became a focal point of British resistance. The Battle of Britain effectively became The Battle of RAF Manston.

BOOK ISBN 9781781550953
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 176 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 February 2015
ILLUSTRATIONS 50 black and white photographs




Joe Bamford served for six years in Royal Air Force (1968-74) as an assistant air traffic controller. He served at Manston and Akrotiri in Cyprus. Joe has a B.A. Honours in Sociology from Warwick University.

He is the author of The Salford Lancaster, Eyes of The Night and Devotion To A Calling.

John Williams was a former archivist/historian at the Spitfire Museum and is a local historian for Margate Museum and Margate Cemetery Walks.