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A Detailed History of RAF Manston 1941-1945 - Book Launch from 1pm on 2nd March 2017 at Holiday Inn Express, Minster.

http://www.manstonhistory.org.uk/detailed-history-raf-manston-1941-1945/
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F/Lt Baron Jean de Selys Longchamps’ Attack on Gestapo HQ and a hectic day for No.609 Sqn – January 20 1943, operating from Manston.

http://www.manstonhistory.org.uk/flt-baron-jean-de-selys-longchamps-attack-gestapo-hq-hectic-day-no-609-sqn-january-20-1943/
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F/Lt Baron Jean de Selys Longchamps’ Attack on Gestapo HQ and a hectic day for No.609 Sqn – January 20 1943

http://www.manstonhistory.org.uk/flt-baron-jean-de-selys-longchamps-attack-gestapo-hq-hectic-day-no-609-sqn-january-20-1943/
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No.609 Sqn carries out 6 coastal patrols, 1 convoy patrol, 2 Scrambles and 3 intruders.

No.609 Sqn F/O Lallemand, on patrol, has an engine failure due to an internal glycol leak, and force lands in a ploughed field near Swingate. Pilot safe and returns to Manston by road.

In evening No.609 Sqn S/Ldr Beamont and F/L de Selys scrambled to patrol enemy aerodromes after 16 enemy aircraft activity against Dover. S/Ldr Beamont leaves at 2000hrs and attacks a Ju88 5 miles north of Dover - enemy is hit and smoke seen, but is lost in cloud. He subsequently immobilises a train SE of Gris and returns to Manston at 2036 hrs. F/S de Selys leaves at 2027hrs for an eventless mission to Chievres. F/O Roelandt sets out on a Belgian train-busting mission but returns after 12 mins after feeling unwell. Two enemy aircraft attempted Intruder operations over Manston with response by local defences.
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🌟🌟 Website Launch 🌟🌟

We are pleased to announce that our website (http://www.manstonhistory.org.uk/) dedicated to the history of Manston has now been launched, which will work alongside the Facebook page and Twitter account that has been running for a little while.

Now that the centenary year is all but over, we are continuing to move forward with new projects and events that can continue to keep Manston’s history in the public eye and to create an improved historical resource.

The site is intended to bring together various sources of information connected to events, squadrons, aircraft and personnel that have been involved with Manston. However, due to the vast amount of history, it is likely that this site will be continually updated and extended and is not intended to be a complete historical record for some time to come. We will add posts and extend the information within it over time.

The site will allow us to go into more detail on specific events and will be drawing from a range of sources, however if you have any details or material you would like to share with us, or if you find details that either contradict or expand on what we already have, please let us know.

The site will also be continuing to work with the Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum for some upcoming projects although the History of Manston Airfield sites will continue to be separate to the museum.

http://www.manstonhistory.org.uk/
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A Handley Page O/100, #1463 flown by Flt Lt Henry Connell Vereker accompanied by #1462 of Sub Lt Sands left for France. Vereker landed at an enemy airfield and was captured along with his crew. The aircraft was painted and flown in German markings until it later crashed.

Photo: Handley Page Type O (0/100) heavy bomber. © IWM (Q 68076)
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On 17th September 1944, Manston performed a vital role in Operation “Market Garden”.

Manston played host to gliders, tugs and troops that flew to take part in the costly battles around Arnhem, Nijmegen and Eindhoven in Holland. It also played an important role in support missions to defend the airborne assault aircraft, attack enemy flak installations and also later support drops.

There is a vast amount of detail available on the operations, so although we have only covered an overview of the general information to put the detail about Manston into perspective, it has turned into quite a long post.

You can read an overview of the operation as well as details specific to the role that Manston played, in the post here: http://www.supportmanstonairport.org/manstons-role-operation-market-garden-17th-september-1944/
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Crew and several spectators were killed when a Mosquito crashed during a display on Battle of Britain Day at Manston.
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