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Report - RAF Manby Officers Mess - March 2016

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by trikey, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. trikey

    trikey 28DL Full Member
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    Visiting friends in Manby Tonight, I went for a nose around, totally unprepared with fading battery life in the torch, it's a vast place with lots and lots of nooks and crannies (And a fair few security pigeons too) Only managed to get part way into the building as I didn't fancy trying to locate an exit without a light source.

    A little info copied from the RAF Lincolnshire website:

    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.

    Iris Burgess was a WAAF stationed at Manby during World War II and has written at length about life on the camp during her service including daily activity supporting 1 Air Armament School.

    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.

    As a member of the crash crew in 1951/52 at RAF Strubby, Les Featherstone attended a Vampire crash into a farm yard. The pilot was Wing Commander Steventon. He bailed out, but his parachute did not open, and he crashed through the farmhouse roof. The farm was local between Strubby and Mablethorpe.

    In Oct 1954 a Canberra bomber belonging to the RAF Flying College, Manby, makes the first jet flight over the North Pole.

    Steve Ripley grew up at Manby where his father was the Met Officer from before 1951 until at least 1974. He has kindly written some
    recollections for the site.

    In 1963 the Navigation Wing of the Central Navigation and Control School moved to RAF Manby from RAF Shawbury, leaving Shawbury the task of all aspects of ATC training as the Central Air Traffic Control School.

    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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  2. WildBoyz

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    Nice one for getting out there and stuck in :thumb
     
  3. trikey

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    Cheers, must get back there (Pref during daylight) For a better look around.
     
  4. WildBoyz

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    Yeah, daylight it's easier to get sharper shots without your torchlight being detected. Unless you take some veryyyyyyyyyyyy lonnggggggggggggggggggggg exposure shots lol :thumb
     
  5. Andy Marshall

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    Was there this weekend.

    Then another member popped in after us. He caught some muppets nicking out the kitchen area.
     
  6. trikey

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    Typical, I cant stand it when stuff is removed.
     
  7. Andy Marshall

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    Exactly boils my piss. It was a old van. Transit I think it got right up to the generator. Where we were hid behind. Don't know how they got van that close.
     
  8. trikey

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    It's always us that security catch, never the pikeys!!
     
  9. freezone4000

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    Nice photos shame the owner seems to be blocking it off rapidly!
     
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