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Report - RAF Manby, Officers Mess - May 2016

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by jsp77, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. jsp77

    jsp77 28DL Full Member
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    Upon arriving i never realised just how big this block was and once inside parts were very dark and poor floors in some areas made this an interesting explore. I spent around 3 hours wandering round and taking it all in. i thoroughly enjoyed looking round this one.


    The Officers' Mess and Single Officers' Quarters was built in 1937 and is by A. Bulloch, the architectural advisor to the Air Ministry's Directorate of Works and Buildings. It has a complex extended H-Plan set out on formal Beaux-Arts lines. The main range includes the principal dining room, reception room, lounge and other public rooms as well as the kitchen. The bedroom blocks form the outer arms of the H. It is an impressive example of a neo-Georgian officers' mess and quarters, typical of those built on airfields in the 1930s.

    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.

    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.

    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.​

    on with the photos

    26925563300_20bb97004e_b.jpg 1 by JSP 77, on Flickr

    27104132312_3a182e715e_b.jpg 2 by JSP 77, on Flickr

    27200365125_672445c8f9_b.jpg 3 by JSP 77, on Flickr

    27131277701_5ba5b9efe4_b.jpg 4 by JSP 77, on Flickr

    26925409890_d1c6c39692_b.jpg 5 by JSP 77, on Flickr

    26925390400_624350cca3_b.jpg 6 by JSP 77, on Flickr

    27131222661_dfe58cdc5c_b.jpg 7 by JSP 77, on Flickr

    26595265793_1e769cbd35_b.jpg 8 by JSP 77, on Flickr

    26925332050_e6022f652d_b.jpg 9 by JSP 77, on Flickr

    27166702346_139b0b3eac_b.jpg 10 by JSP 77, on Flickr

    27104179782_96a3346254_b.jpg 11 by JSP 77, on Flickr

    27166672526_0c0b796e70_b.jpg 12 by JSP 77, on Flickr

    26595420903_b49121d20d_b.jpg 13 by JSP 77, on Flickr

    27200407955_ab60f82d82_b.jpg 14 by JSP 77, on Flickr

    26595253183_9d2a985e0b_b.jpg 15 by JSP 77, on Flickr

    27226808202_f177b3e4ec_b.jpg 16 by JSP 77, on Flickr

    thanks for looking
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  2. Bugsuperstar

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    Nice! I always forget about this place. Good report.
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  3. The Wombat

    The Wombat Mr Wombat
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    Excellent report and photos :thumb

    Must have a look round here sometime
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  4. trikey

    trikey 28DL Full Member
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    I do like Manby, nice pictures.
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  5. freezone4000

    freezone4000 28DL Full Member
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    And now look at it.Run down derelict its sad
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