I dont think I have to explain all the info on Manby as everyone seems to have been.
Here is a quick recap......................... SQUADRON & Notes.

1937 Station opened.

August 1938 Station officially opened.

August 1938 No.1 AAS The Air Armament School operated a variety of aircraft including the Fairey Battle, Hawker Hart, Supermarine Walrus, Hawker Demon and Vickers Wellington. The AAS was renamed the Empire Central Armament School in July 1944.

July 1944 ECAS The Empire Central Armament School operated the Vickers Wellington, Avro Lancaster, Bristol Blenheim, Lockheed Hudson and de Havilland Mosquito. The ECAS was renamed after only 3 months, becoming the Empire Air Armament School in November 1944.

November 1944 EAAS The Empire Air Armament School operated the Vickers Wellington, Avro Lancaster, Avro Lincoln, Gloster Meteor and de Havilland Vampire. The EAAS left Manby on 1st July 1949.



July 1949 RAF Flying Collage The Flying Collage operated the Avro Lincoln, Vickers Valetta, Gloster Meteor, Avro Anthena and de Havilland Vampire. The Flying Collage was renamed on 31st June 1962 to the Collage of Air Warfare & School of Refresher Flying.

July 1949 RAF Handling Squadron The Handling Squadron operated the English Electric Canberra, Gloster Meteor, Westland Wyvern, Grumman Avenger, Hawker Sea Hawk, Handley Page Marathon and de Havilland Venom. The Handling School disbanded in 1954.

July 1962 RAF CAW & S of RF The Collage of Air Warfare & School of Refresher Flying operated the English Electric Canberra, Vickers Varsity, Gloster Meteor, BAC Piston Provost, BAC Jet Provost and Hawker Siddley Dominie. The CAW &S of RF left the airfield in December 1973.

December 1973 Station placed on Care and Maintenance.

31st March 1974 Station closed.[

Photos taken May 2017