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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Manning
MANNING, Air Cdre Frederick John (1912-1988)
Created 1920-1985
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1.5 boxes or 0.015 cubic metres


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 DepartmentalHead 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.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1991.

Content & structure

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 toWorld War Two, including organisation of RAF in Northwest Africa, 1943; papers dated 1946-1953 including lecture notes relating to RAF organisation and management.

System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically within sections according to military service.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

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.

Language/scripts of material
Finding aids

Draft list available online and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives


Compiled Jun 1996

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Updated 2016

Box List(s)

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  • Armed forces
  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Log books
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Photographs
  • State security
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Shaw, Thomas Edward, 1888-1935, Aircraftman, Lieutenant Colonel

Corporate names

  • RAF, Royal Air Force


  • Bridlington, East Riding, Yorkshire, England
  • London, England
  • North Africa

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