RAF Manston Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Trust

The Memorial Building is situated on one of the very few surviving airfields which participated in the Battle of Britain.

RAF Manston was the closest airfield to the enemy coast and bore the brunt of the early Luftwaffe air attacks in the long hot summer of 1940.

Permanently housed at Manston are splendid and original examples of the two World War 2 fighter aircraft which served the Royal Air Force so well in so many areas of battle both at home and overseas.

The Spitfire Memorial Museum Building was officially opened on the 13th June 1981 to house Spitfire TB752 and was the very first building to be erected on any RAF station to house Gate-Guardian aircraft. The building cost some £30,000; the funding for this came from voluntary fund raising efforts and by donation from the people of Thanet.

The Hurricane Memorial Museum Building was officially opened by Dame Vera Lynn on the 7th October 1988 to house Hurricane LF751. The building cost in excess of £100,000, being appreciably larger than the companion building and also provided an area for a sales counter.

The Spitfire and Hurricane are now written into the folklore of this country and it is most fitting that fine examples of these two aircraft are displayed in the County of Kent which witnessed so many of the great air battles of 1940 and the Allied air armadas which followed.

No charge is made for admission but as the Memorial Museum Building is totally self funding a large selection of aviation related items are available for purchase. Donations are most welcome as overheads amount to nearly £2 per visitor.

Coach parties welcome. Prior notice for school parties would be appreciated.

The Merlin Cafeteria
In 1993 the Merlin Cafeteria was opened offering hot and cold meals and drinks. Toilet facilities are available with provision for the handicapped. There is a patio with fine views across the airfield and to Kent International Airport.


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RAF Manston Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Trust
The Memorial Museum
The Airfield
Manston Road
CT12 5DF
Tel: 01843 821940

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015