A Detailed History of RAF Manston 1941-1945: Invicta-The Undefeated

A Detailed History of RAF Manston 1941-1945: Invicta-The Undefeated

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781550960
Publisher: Fonthill Media
Publication date: 02/03/2017
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

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

Acknowledgements 5

Introduction 9

1 Manston on the Offensive 11

2 The Flying Dutchmen 17

3 Channel Stop 21

4 The Lone Wolf 31

5 Battling Beauforts 35

6 Operation Fuller 38

7 Calm after the Storm 46

8 The Dieppe Raid 54

9 Any Port in a Storm 59

10 The Fortunes of War 68

11 A Distinguished Visitor 75

12 Focke-Wulf Galore 82

13 Emergency Runway 87

14 Modern Manston 91

15 The Fiftieth Month of the War 101

16 The Year of Victory? 111

17 New Faces, New Runway 120

18 A Bad Day for Thanet 129

19 Towards D-Day 133

20 A Safe Haven 144

21 Squadron Leader Joseph Berry: The V-1 Champion 148

22 The Deadly Menace 152

23 Remembering Arnhem 158

24 Towards the End 171

25 The Year of Victory 176

26 The Final Chapter 184

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