MANNING, Air Cdre Frederick John (1912-1988)

Scope and Content

Official papers relating to Air Council powers to regulate Air Force Establishments, 1920-1924; flying log books, 1933-1958 and photographs relating to the RAF, 1930s; papers dated 1934-1985 relating to service as Commanding Officer at the Marine Craft Detachment in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, including notes and photographs relating to T E Lawrence; papers relating to World War Two, including organisation of RAF in Northwest Africa, 1943; papers dated 1946-1953 including lecture notes relating to RAF organisation and management.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1912; Cadet, Peninsula and Orient Steamship Navigation Company, 1928; Midshipman Royal Naval Reserve, 1929; Acting Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Naval Reserve, 1933; Pilot Officer, RAF, 1934; transferred to RAF Marine Craft Branch 1934; Commanding Officer, RAF Bridlington, 1935-1936; Flight Lt, 269 Sqn 1938; Anson pilot, Coastal Command, World War Two, 1939-1945; Director of Organisation (Establishments), Air Ministry, 1944-1945; commanded RAF Station Shaibah, Abu Sueir Shallufa, 1945-1947; Group Captain, Organisation, HQ RAF Mediterranean and Middle East, 1947-1948; Senior Air Advisor and Departmental Head of Mission, British Services Mission, Burma, 1949-1952; Senior Air Officer in charge of administration, HQ Transport Command, 1952-1956; Deputy Director of Work Study, Air Ministry, 1956-1959; Director of Manning at Air Ministry, 1960-1963; Air Officer, Administration, HQ Near East Air Force, 1963-1965; HQ Fighter Command, 1965-1967; retired in 1967; died in 1988.


Arranged chronologically within sections according to military service.

Access Information

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Acquisition Information

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1991.

Other Finding Aids

Summary guide entry on-line at, and detailed catalogue available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

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