Unit History: RAF Manby

RAF Manby
County: Lincolnshire
Location: 4 miles E of Louth
Airfield Today: Agriculture, grain store, industry
Tower Type: 1. Unique pre-war type
2. Control Tower, Vertical Split Control Type 2548c/55, built 1967
WW2 command : Training
WW2 military use : RAF airfield
Current Use : Motor sports : Airfield site
Offices : Technical sites
Opened: 1938
Closed: 1974
Squadrons based here:
No 1 Air Armament School :: 1938 -
No 2 Air Armament School :: ??
Empire Central Armament School :: Spring 1943
2782 Defence Sqn :: 1941 -
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.

Memories of RAF Manby

(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)

RAF Manby in 1953

Written by william liversage

Aries 2 Lincolnion Last Flight.

RAF Manby, Civilian instructor in 1939

Written by Robert McQuarrie

My mother’s father was a civilian instructor at RAF Manby in 1939. He joined the Army. He died in 1940 in France. We know nothing about him. What did he teach? How old was he? What was he like? Does anyone remember?

, , , RAF Manby, in 1961

Written by Anne Roddick (nee Eunson)

Meeting my lovely husband in The Manby Arms, being married from the base, and having 50 wonderful years together
Getting the Mess to make me a lovely lunch box to take for a day out round the country on my cycle, staying away all day and returning in time for tea and a chat in the NAAFI
Great breakfasts

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