Manston 'Maize' Auxiliary Unit Patrol and Operational Base
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Thank you for selecting information on the Manston 'Maize' Auxiliary Unit Patrol and
their Operational Base in Kent. The info below has been supplied by CART CIO for Kent Phil Evans and our
Research into this patrol and its training is ongoing. The information below is published
from various sources and is by no means conclusive. If information is not
listed below it does not necessarily mean the information is not out there but normally means
CART researchers have not found it yet.
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The first I.O for Kent was Grenadier Guards Captain Peter Fleming. He was the man responsible for setting up the Units in Kent under the
name of the XII corps Observation Unit. In late 1940 he left and a Royal Fusilier Captain Norman Field then took over as I.O. At some point in Normans command he
split Kent in two. West Kent came under the command of Captain George MacNicholl and Norman commanded East Kent.
In late 1941 Norman was taken away from the Units and George MacNicholl took over as I.O. for the whole of Kent
for the rest of the war.
Patrol Leader Sgt John Montgomery, Thorne Farm, Ramsgate
Robert Montgomery, Thorne Farm, Ramsgate
Norman Austin, Manston Court, Manston
J. Wing, 11 Meadow road, Margate
G. L. Goodhew
John Montgomery, Robert Montgomery and Norman Austin were originally part of Norman Steeds patrol ‘Savoy’ but were taken away to form a new one as it was decided that more patrols were needed in the area.
Not currently known.
Manston Aerodrome was a target.
Trips to Coleshill were arranged for a couple of the patrol members. They also went to the Garth as well as Quex Park. The last was used for shooting practice. Patrols in this group are known to have carried out training against local army units.
Currently unknown but it is assumed they would have been issued with the standard weapons & explosives.
Nothing at this time.
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