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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19550
Last updated: 10 June 2020
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Date:18-AUG-1940
Time:14:15 LT
Type:Miles Magister Mk I
Owner/operator:Manston SF Royal Air Force (Manston SF RAF)
Registration: L5955
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Manston, Kent, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Standing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Manston, Kent
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Miles Magister Mk.I L5955, RAF Manston Station Flight: Believed destroyed in air raid at RAF Maston, Kent, 18/8/40. At 1530 hrs, Hauptmann Wolfgang Ewald, a German Luftwaffe ace, led what is reported to be twelve aircraft of his 2./JG 52 (52nd Fighter Wing), armed with Messerschmitt Bf 109s in a strafing attack on Manston. Ewald’s attention had been caught by a group of Spitfires bunched together on the ground preparing to refuel between sorties, where craters caused by previous attacks on the airfield forced the aircraft to be closer than normal.

Note that other records suggest the raid was at 1415hrs, so there may be a difference in reports between British Summer Time and the time zone of the Luftwaffe records.

After two passes, the attackers claimed the destruction of at least ten fighters with three Blenheim’s thrown in for good measure. In fact, just two of No.266 Squadron’s Spitfires X4061 and X4066 were totally written off, with another six being severely damaged including X4063, but repairable. A single Hurricane belonging to Sgt Griffiths of No.17 Squadron, that had force landed in the morning was also destroyed.

Ground crew that were caught in the open were cut to pieces, with one killed and 15 injured.

Sources:

1. Air-Britain Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999
2. https://www.manstonhistory.org.uk/manston-attacked-on-the-hardest-day-18th-august-1940/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
19-May-2008 01:53 JINX Added
17-Jun-2013 20:00 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Country]
08-Aug-2013 21:18 JINX Updated [Operator, Location, Source]
30-Apr-2018 20:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Dec-2018 16:30 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
05-Nov-2019 10:39 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

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