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Report - RAF Manby Lincolnshire April 2013

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Fairdo's, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. Fairdo's

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    Visited with a mate and really enjoyed it, we first explored the sargents mess which i think is the best bit its still some character in there. Then we were onto the officers mess which is massive it was a fun wander but apart from the kitchen and the halls it was mainly just corridoors with small rooms, right a bit of history,

    RAF Manby was opened in 1938 as home to the Empire Air Armament School. Many bomb disposal techniques were invented at Manby, often a trial by fire.
    By June 1940, RAF Manby housed the Joint Services Bomb Disposal School. Royal Engineers and Royal Navy demolition parties being trained alongside their RAF counterparts. In August 1940, the bomb disposal workload, generated by ever-increasing enemy activity, led to the establishment of 25 mobile BD squads, increased in manpower strength from three to 25 personnel each.
    RAF Strubby came under RAF Manby RAF Flying College from VJ Day until closure in 1972. The nucleus of the staff of the Empire Central Flying School was transferred to RAF Manby to open the Flying College in 1946. Manby later became the home of the College of Air Warfare, part of which was the School of Refresher Flying.
    A metal screen 800yds long by 50ft high was erected at RAF Manby to test landings in cross-winds.
    In Oct 1954 a Canberra bomber belonging to the RAF Flying College, Manby, makes the first jet flight over the North Pole.
    The base closed in 1974. Today the site is used for Agriculture, the hangers are used as a grain store, with other buildings being used for industry. It is also home to Manby and District Model Aero Club.
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    Thanks for looking....
     
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  2. Andy Marshall

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    Love it mate. Awesome building
     
  3. freezone4000

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    You should come and look at it today.Tears me up thinking its changed so much!
     
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