Ringway 1940 – 1946

DILL SS
General Sir John Dill, Chief of the Imperial General Staff (CIGS), inspecting parachute troops at the Central Landing Establishment at RAF Ringway near Manchester, December 1940. Photo Imperial War Museum

April 1941 – Winston Churchill Visit to Ringway
CHURCHILL RINGWAY
In the training hangar. Sqn. Ldr. Louis Strange in attendance on right
WSC RINGWAY 1940:1
With Mrs. Churchill
Mr. and Mrs. Churchill, General Ismay, and Mr Averill Harriman USA, visit the Parachute School, Ringway, in April 1941. Group Captain “Stiffey” Harvey shows them round.
 Ringway Training Hangar
WHITLEY MOCKUP ss
Whitley exit training
WHITLEY EXIT 2 ss
Mockup

Chief Instructor John Kilkenny gives personal instruction to Major General Eric Bols

A Flight Sergeant PJI with Air Marshall Sir Arthur Barratt and General Sir Bernard Paget. Note PJI arm badge pre-brevet

Packing hall

Under supervision

Tatton Park Drop Zone
TATTON AIRPHOTO ss
Original DZ Airphoto 4 May 1943
BALLOON TATTON SS
Balloon Tatton Park
Open Cage
SIDE RIGHT SS
Side right approach
SIDE RIGHT ss
Side right landing
TATTON LANDINGS ss
Landings at Tatton Park DZ
NEWNHAM ss
Wg. Cdr. Maurice Newnham (second right) at Tatton Park DZ
RINGWAY KITUP ss 2
Whitley kit up, guy on the right seems to have a problem…
WHITLEYS PAN MONO ss
Whitleys on dispersal
Inside the Whitley

WHITLEY EXIT ss2
Whitley kitbag exit Tatton Park
WHITLEY INFO ALAN BROWN
Courtesy PJI Alan Brown “First to Go”
C47 SS
C 47 Dakota
C 47 ss
Alan Brown “First to Go”
DAKOTA TROOPS
Inside the Dakota
DAKOTA ACTION STATIONS
Dakota action stations
KITBAG EXIT SS
Dakota kitbag exit
WHITLEY:DAK copy
Whitley and Dakota exits
WHITLEYS SALISBURY PLAIN 1942 (Peter Hearn)
Whitleys Salisbury Plain 1942. Photo courtesy Peter Hearn
WATER JUMP 6 JUNE ss
Staff water descent 6 June 1945. Jimmy Blyth centre in uniform
VIP water descent into Rosthene Mere. General K.N. Crawford third from right. Leslie Irvin third from left. 6 July 1945

CRAWFORD EXIT SS
Gen. Crawford exit with kitbag
IRVIN EXIT SS
Leslie Irvin exit
KILKENNY EXIT
Chief Instructor John Kilkenny textbook exit
Retrieval – Gen. Crawford centre, with Maurice Newnham and Leslie Irvin on right
URQUHART
Generals Roy Urquhart, Richard Gale and K.N. Crawford with John Kilkenny, Maurice Newnham, and Tommy Hanlon of the Air Ministry. Dated 2 April 1945
ARNHEM SEPTEMBER 1944
Arnhem Drop Zone X, north of Renkum 17 September 1944

https://www.tracesofwar.com/sights/1864/Landing-Zone—Drop-Zone-X.htm

Victory in Europe 1945

Water descent Ringway V.E. Day 1945. Jimmy Blyth (OC PTS 1953-1958) is fourth from the right, Maurice Newnham third left

MAN CITY NEWS
Open Day headlines
Ringway RAF Open Day 15 September 1945

Open Day as above

RINGWAY 1945 copy
Open day parade
RINGWAY PLAQUE
Ringway plaque

See also https://www.paradata.org.uk/unit/no-1-pts-raf-ringway

Aftermath

BREVET

In 1945 Royal Air Force Parachute Jumping Instructors were awarded honorary aircrew status by virtue of their role as despatchers on Airborne Operations in the European and Far East theatres during the Second World War.

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Annex  –  Static line fatalities (training)
FATALITY SS
RAE Report. NB first two fatalities were with canopy first deployment, leading to the development of the X Type.

Shows example of canopy-first deployments. See below entries 1 and  2

DC 3 CANOPY FIRST ss
Photo courtesy Leo Valentin “Birdman” (Hutchinson 1955)
Screen Shot 2019-10-05 at 12.40.08
FATALITIES 2 ss
Screen Shot 2019-10-05 at 16.55.00
MAL UNIDENTIFIED ss
Unidentified malfunction
ENDEX

Ringway Album

NEWNHAM ss2
Presented to No.1 PTS by Group Captain M.A. Newnham OBE DFC on the opening of the PTS Museum on 9 June 1973
NEWNHAM ss2
Group Captain Newnham with OC PTS Wing Commander Peter Hearn. Photo courtesy Peter Hearn
COVER ss2
Cover
CREST ss 1
Original Crest
FRONTISPIECE PEGASUS FLAG ss
Frontispiece
DOWN ss
Autumn 1941. Richard Gale, ‘Stiffey” Harvey, Maurice Newnham, Eric Down (wearing parachute), and Tim Hope-Thomson
GEO ss2
HM King George VI and Queen Elizabeth
TATTON BALLOON ENH ss
Tatton Park Balloon
BALLOON STANDBY ss
Balloon standby
TATTON BALLOON 2 JUMPERS ss
Exits
WHITLEY PARADE ss
Pre emplane check
WHITLEY MARCH ON ss
Emplane
WHITLEY INTERIOR ss
Inside the Whitley
INTERIOR 2 ss
Action stations
WHITLEY EXIT ss
Whitley exits Tatton
2 X LANDINGS TATTON ss
X-type landings Tatton
BREN ss2
Tatton demo undated

VE Day 8 May 1945

VE MARCHPAST LARGE
Station marchpast
SALUTE ss
Taking the salute
SOSABOWSKI ss1
General Stanislaw Sosabowski (centre) commanded the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade at Arnhem
MARCHPAST RAF ss
Marchpast
WAAF ss
WAAF marchpast
Royal Air Force Day Saturday 15 September 1945
RAF DAY ss
PANORAMA ss
Airfield with sports field in foreground
Ringway RAF Open Day 15 September 1945
BALLOONS ss
Demo descents
LANDINGS ss
STAFF ss
Ringway Staff 12 October 1944

ENDEX